Sometimes an individual’s risk-taking behavior reaches a point when it is best for their safety to have a family drug or mental health intervention that leads to their placement in a residential treatment center, wilderness program or therapeutic boarding school. When someone you love is engaged in the self-destructive cycle of drugs and alcohol, they are jeopardizing your entire family dynamic.
The goal of an intervention is to help the person suffering with a substance use disorder or mental illness see how their behavior is affecting them and the people who are most important to them, which often will motivate them to seek help. During the meeting, the family and friends of the individual express how the individual’s behaviors and actions are impacting them and the people that care about them. This serves to break through the denial and assist the person to gain insight into the severity of their illness and see how their substance use and mental health challenges are interfering with their relationships and overall functioning in life. The ultimate goal is to encourage them to face their problem, accept help and seek treatment for their condition.
Intervention is a process and not a one time event. The model utilized is based in family healing over a six month period of time. It is important to stress working with the entire family during the intervention preparation and execution as well as throughout the treatment process. Addiction and mental health issues are family illnesses that affect all those involved who care for the person that is suffering. It is important for everyone to become educated about the nature of the problem, understand the different treatment approaches and learn to focus on their individual needs, in addition to supporting the person in receiving help. Self-care is crucial to the recovery process for everyone!
If you want like to learn more, we can schedule a consultation appointment to discuss your specific situation.