Drug and alcohol abuse is a very common issue, and it’s one that impacts many families. No family ever pictures itself having to deal with this situation, and it’s normal to feel ill equipped to deal with a loved one who is living with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Once this disease takes hold, it robs the person living with it of their ability to choose whether they are going to drink or use drugs. Their compulsion to use their drug of choice drives them and is too powerful to be reasoned with. A Kentucky intervention can help get an addicted family member into the treatment program they need.
Multiple Steps in a Kentucky Intervention
There are several steps to holding an intervention.
• Interventionist Meets with Family
Initially, the interventionist meets with the family. The addict is not present during this part of the Kentucky intervention.
During this part of the process, the family members need to talk about their relationship with their addicted loved one. At this point, the family needs to address any enabling behaviors that have been occurring. One or more members of the family may have been trying to help the addict by doing the following:
• Giving them money
• Providing a place to stay
• Calling in sick for them to work
• Making excuses for their behavior
• Giving them access to a car or driving them to a place to buy drugs
For the intervention to be successful, these kinds of behaviors need to stop within the family. When family members don’t allow an addict to experience the consequences of their poor choices around their addiction, they are enabling the addict.
• Treatment Program is Arranged
Ideally, a spot in a drug and alcohol treatment center is waiting for the addicted family member on the day set for the intervention. Transportation is arranged in advance, and a bag is packed for the person needing treatment. If they agree to get help, all they need to do is leave the intervention and go directly to the facility.
• Intervention Day: Meeting with Family
On the day of the Kentucky intervention, the interventionist and the family members meet with the addict. The best time to meet is a time when the addict is not high or hung over and is prepared to listen to what is being said with a clear head.
The family members read letters they have written about how the addict’s behavior has impacted them. The tone is not meant to blame or shame the addict, but rather to let the person know the family is deeply concerned about their health and welfare. The addict is given the choice to go to treatment. If the addict does not want to get help, the family will no longer provide financial or emotional support that will enable the addict in their addiction.
The addict always has a choice in a Kentucky intervention situation. In most cases, they decide to get help.