While those who suffer from illicit drug addictions must visit street drug dealers, alcohol is readily and legally available. For this reason it is often the case that alcoholics and denial go hand in hand. Alcohol plays a large part in our culture and is actively sought after to boost confidence and reduce inhibitions and anxiety. However, it also causes many side effects such as depression, slurred speech and loss of coordination. While it is possible to drink alcohol without being an alcoholic, those that suffer regular negative consequences, or negatively impact on the lives of those close to them as a result of drinking alcohol are likely to be suffering from alcoholism.
Alcohol is legal to consume and buy for those over 21, which can create difficulty for those suffering from alcoholism to recognize their addiction. At Southworth Associates International our specialists are experienced in dealing with this difficulty and understand that while many alcoholics struggle to come to terms with their addiction, it is possible to recover by engaging in treatment programs. By working together we can help reach an understanding that a persons drinking has become unmanageable and a detriment to their lives.
Understanding Alcohol Interventions
During an intervention, we are not concerned with the amount, type or frequency of alcohol your loved one may have been drinking. Rather, we focus on the destructive behaviors attached to the individual’s drinking, and the way it has affected their family, and relationships with their loved ones.
Our intervention process aims to highlight harmful patterns of behavior and identify the way the individual’s alcohol use creates negative consequences for themselves and their loved ones. There are similar characteristics found within each person suffering from addiction; the most common trait being a strong denial and refusal to take responsibility for their actions.
Engaging in an intervention with Southworth Associates International will not solely focus on the alcoholic. Instead, we apply our understanding that to achieve life-long recovery it is necessary to understand the entire family dynamic to facilitate change for every person involved in the addiction. Our goal is to help the family become the best form of support for their loved one by offering solutions for the challenges that arise at each stage of the recovery process; prior to, during, and after treatment.
When to Intervene?
The underlying issues that an alcoholic suffers from play a far larger part contributing to alcoholism than their alcohol consumption. Alcohol can be used as a way to forget the problems an individual faces, for which they are unable to find a solution. Unfortunately by continually avoiding these problems and continuing alcohol use without engaging in treatment, it is likely that these problems will become exacerbated and new problems will arise. Considering how easy it is to purchase alcohol, alcoholism can develop and escalate quickly and be difficult to recognize. Unless the underlying causes of alcoholism are addressed and treated, even if a person is able to abstain from alcohol, there is a high risk of relapse.
Our interventions focus on the family dynamic rather than the alcoholic in isolation, as family pressures and expectations can contribute to a person’s addiction to alcohol, whether real or perceived. Our intervention process aims to establish and rectify the issues present within the family system, to enable the alcoholic to achieve life-long recovery.
Understanding the Need for an Intervention
In order to achieve lasting recovery from alcoholism it is vital to engage with a specialist support program. Primary intervention followed by alcohol addiction treatment is the best method to ensure lasting recovery for your loved one. It is necessary to explore the deeper issues within the family dynamic to identify and address an alcoholic’s underlying issues which causes them to feel compelled to drink alcohol. Treatment can help cease the cycle of drinking, but often dysfunctional family roles which can produce enabling and codependent behavior contribute to your loved one’s alcoholism.
The likelihood of lasting recovery is significantly improved with a commitment from the whole family to make steps to change. Part of the process is to explore and identify behaviors within the family that may be normalized and therefore not recognized as toxic or harmful. These behaviors can often act as a validation for your loved one to turn to alcohol and may be further enabling their addiction. Real change is not possible until these issues are worked through.
While it may seem initially challenging, a treatment program is but the first step for the person suffering with alcoholism. Once your loved one has accepted help and is in treatment, we then focus on the difficulties and trauma the family have endured as a result of your loved one’s drinking. We are here to work alongside you, to support you and alleviate any concerns you may have for the future. The goal of our treatment is to establish a healing environment which facilitates both long-term recovery for your loved one, and to ease the anxiety felt by you and your family.