One of the hardest parts of drug or alcohol addiction is admitting to yourself that you have a problem. This intensely personal moment of recognition can be a turning point for sufferers and the first step towards complete rehabilitation.
For the loved ones of someone who is grappling with addiction, a similar moment presents itself. Watching their child or parent, sibling or friend suffering the destructive and wide-ranging effects of addiction, people often decide to reach out through a formal family intervention. These events can help to cut through the denial and rejection that less formal expressions of concern are often met with, and perhaps trigger that moment of introspection in a sufferer and the important first steps on a long journey.
Many people are hesitant about the idea of a family intervention though, believing it’s more dangerous, harmful and intrusive then productive. A lot of the time these ideas are driven by media portrayals of interventions or even an internal fear about confronting the issue. Today we’re going to set the record straight on family intervention and dispel some common myths.
Is Family Intervention Betrayal?
One of the most common concerns about family interventions is that it is a betrayal by the people closest to the sufferer. People who are addicted to harmful substances are vulnerable and family members believe that a confrontation will push them further away. The truth is, a well-structured intervention does nothing of the sorts. Instead it aims to motivate and reaffirm love to enhance the abusers self-worth and guide them towards rehabilitation.
Inpatient Care is Essential for Complete Rehabilitation
Another major myth surrounding family interventions is that they are pointless unless they can result in the substance abuser committing to inpatient treatment. The thought of putting someone into a hospital can put people off the idea of interventions and the thought that the intervention will fail often causes inaction too. This is a myth that can be busted on two levels.
Firstly, inpatient care isn’t the best option for everyone and it doesn’t necessarily mean locking someone in a hospital either! Residential rehabilitation centres provide a supervised community for clients with a range of therapeutic activities and treatments. More importantly though, immediate commitment isn’t the only sign of a successful intervention. As the beginning of a journey, an intervention will help an individual to accept help and take a small step towards a healthier lifestyle.
We Have to Do it on Our Own
Many people fear that they don’t adequately understand their loved one’s struggles or how to guide them towards rehabilitation so they avoid the idea of an intervention. The truth is though; you don’t need to do it alone. Caring and compassionate practitioners can work alongside your family, bringing their support, their experience and their objectivity to help you to positively motivate your loved one. When it comes to tackling addiction, no one is truly ever alone.
If you want assistance with family intervention services in Melbourne, our caring practitioners at the Ray Hader Clinic can help you. Guide them towards rehab and support them on their journey, call us now on (03) 9804 5757.