For families with an addicted loved one, the situation is a very difficult one. Dealing with someone who has a substance abuse issue means interacting with someone who will always put their addiction first. They will lie, manipulate and steal from family members and friends if it means that they will be able to keep their addiction going. By the time a family reaches that point, they have usually been faced with multiple disappointments.
It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that the family members have tried everything they can think of on their own to get their loved one to change. These have likely included one or more of the following:
• Ignoring the problem (and hoping it’s “just a phase”)
• Talking to the addict about their substance abuse
• Trying to reason with the addict and hope they will want to change
• Pleading with the addict to change
• Becoming frustrated
• Shouting or yelling at the addict
None of these strategies work over the long term. Even if an addicted family member agrees to stop drinking or using drugs, it’s only a stop-gap measure. Before long, they will revert to their addictive behavior again.
Connecticut Intervention Changes Relationship with the Family
For families, arranging for an intervention stops the cycle of trying to deal with an addicted loved one on their own. It breaks the cycle of addiction where the addict is in control over the family and their relationships.
Once the interventionist becomes involved, the family starts to have hope that they can have their lives back, no matter what their addicted loved one decides to do. The goal of an intervention is to offer an addicted person the opportunity to get treatment; however, they can choose not to get help at the time.
At that point, the family is no longer being held hostage by someone else’s addiction. They make a choice that they don’t have to support it, financially or emotionally, anymore. It becomes a much healthier situation for all members of the family.
The first step in changing the family dynamic is to make an appointment with an experienced Connecticut intervention specialist. They meet with the family before the day scheduled for the intervention to answer questions and get to know the family in advance. The interventionist can accompany the addict to the treatment facility, if they agree to seek help. If not, the interventionist will provide support to the family after intervention day so that they will stick with the measures the members decided to adopt if their loved one chose not to get help.