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How to help a family member with drug addiction

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is painful and can lead to feelings of anger, frustration, worry and isolation. Recovery from addiction is rarely done alone and feelings of hesitation towards accessing drug rehab can be common. Therefore, the help and support of friends and family is vital to successful recovery. This is especially true if your loved one is in denial about their addiction. Which is where an intervention, organised by Port of Call, can prove invaluable.

Get help with a drug addicted family member

An intervention can be a powerful tool to show a drug addicted family member the wide-ranging impact of their addictions and to encourage them to seek treatment. The earlier an intervention can be staged, the sooner their addiction can be managed through to recovery. Interventions are normally facilitated by a counsellor, or interventionist, and are actively supported by family, friends and anyone else who might be committed to the welfare of the addicted person. During the intervention, these people gather together to confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment.

How do you stage an intervention?

There are some simple steps that can be taken to organise an intervention for your loved one:

1. Plan the intervention
Interventions have the potential to stir up feelings of anger, resentment or a sense of betrayal. Therefore, it is important to plan carefully. It is advisable for those planning the intervention to consult an expert addiction specialist like Port of Call. We will take into account your loved one’s particular circumstances, suggest the best approach, and help guide you towards the most appropriate type of treatment and follow-up plan. We will also organise for a qualified local interventionist to oversee the intervention.

2. Do your research
Finding the right addiction treatment is challenging. Port of Call can provide you and your family members with the necessary support and help determine the best course of action. This may include rehabilitation, out-patient therapy or counselling. Contact our team of experts today for more information about the available addiction treatment services.

3. Gather the intervention team
It is important to think about who will be present during the intervention and not invite those who the addicted person does not like or anyone who may disrupt the process through emotional outbursts. Choose those who are affected by the loved one’s addiction and can express it clearly and calmly. Set a date and location that everyone can make and work on a consistent, rehearsed message.

4. Specific consequences
It is possible that your loved one will not agree to seek help for their drug addiction and in this case, each member of the intervention team must decide what action they will take.

5. Choose words carefully
The best way to show your loved one the effects of their addiction is for each person of the intervention team to describe specific incidences and the problems those caused. This should be done as lovingly as possible, whilst sticking to the facts and explaining how each person felt. It may help to make notes and rehearse what each person will say.

6. Stage the intervention
Your loved one will be invited to the pre-agreed location of the intervention on the day and time planned without knowing why. As rehearsed, each member of the intervention team will take turns in expressing concerns and sharing their feelings. A treatment option will be presented to the loved one and then the consequences of not accepting treatment will be presented.

7. Follow-up
With addiction recovery, relapses are sadly fairly common. Therefore, in order to help the family member with drug addiction stay on track, taking part in their treatment in some way is beneficial. An example of this may be to drive them to meetings or to participate in counselling with them. This ongoing care and connection is essential.

The right help, at the right time

Port of Call can organise every aspect of your intervention programme. Following a free and confidential assessment over the telephone we can secure a fully qualified counsellor, or interventionist, to facilitate the entire intervention process. Please call our free phone line on 08000029010, we are ready and willing to help you navigate towards the best possible outcome for you and your family. Whether you are looking for addiction treatment in the North West, all the way down to the South, we can help you through the process.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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