Without the support of the entire family unit, the journey to long-term sobriety can be difficult to reach. A professional intervention offers the whole family the opportunity to recover and start from fresh.
Healing From Within
The impact of addiction on the individual’s family can be long-lasting and very damaging. As such, any successful attempt at an intervention requires the whole family’s involvement. In fact, long before the intervention takes places, the family will discuss the process with one of our specialists at Southworth Associates International. During those meetings, families can expect to learn about enabling behaviors, manipulation techniques, the effects of codependency, the importance of trust and honesty of one’s feelings, while learning how to develop a system of less destructive behaviors.
Along with this, our experts will also you verse you in things you should and shouldn’t do during the intervention process, and begin to form a post treatment plan that will outline the best ways to support your loved one while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
Ultimately, intervention puts the power back into the family’s hand, while placing accountability back into the hands of the suffering addict.
When is the Most Appropriate Time to Use a Professional Intervention?
With such a high mortality rate associated with addictions, waiting for a loved one to reach their lowest ebb can be dangerous and in the worst cases fatal. Many individuals will be scared and overwhelmed by the thought of sobriety and will try and avoid it at all costs. As a result of this, a professional intervention is often the best way to help present a treatment facility as the most pragmatic option for recovery, and help guide the suffering individual from their unsuccessful attempts at home, to a path supported by professionals.
Taking Control of the Situation is Paramount
The only way for an intervention to truly be successful is for the whole family to be involved, actively assisting the loved one to make healthier lifestyle choices. These small incremental steps can be the critical difference between a failed attempt and a successful recovery. Only by working together can this be achieved.
Support the Person, not the Addiction
Codependent and enabling behaviors are what form the basis of a comfortable addiction. Addressing these issues in the family unit will help combat attempts by your loved one to manipulate situations and even worse, family members. Unwavering love and compassion are essential to fending off addiction, but they must be used appropriately. At Southworth, our experts will educate you on how to support your loved one throughout the process.
Failing to accept an addiction for what it is, can be as damaging as enabling behaviors. Thus, it is essential that the family unit as a whole is aware of the addiction. Our team of experts will guide your family through the process, educating them on all facets of addictive behaviors.
Co-dependency and Addictions
Codependent behavior means strong, unhealthy, emotional bonds form between members of the family and addicted individual and are immensely difficult to address, without professional help.
Codependency is not always about finances, emotional codependency also fuels perpetuating addictive behaviors. As a result of these emotional ties, intervention can often feel like an extreme step but it is the only way to truly help your loved one. At Southworth Associates, our team will guide you through the entire recovery process, educating you on why and when your loved one will try to test you emotionally. By withdrawing your emotional support for them in their addiction, you are directly addressing the foundations of unhealthy boundaries. In the long-term your loved one will thank you for it.