Who Can I Turn to if a Loved One has an Addiction?


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Watching a loved one with an addiction can be extremely painful and heartbreaking. You want to help them, but they won’t listen. You’ve done everything you can, but you’re running out of resources. At this time, you may be feeling like you’ve exhausted all options, and you’re unsure of who to turn to next. Many people don’t even realize they have an addiction because they’re in denial, or the consequences of their addiction have not weighed heavily enough to cause them to seek help. Addiction interventions have been shown to be highly successful in motivating people to seek treatment.

Time and time again, studies have shown that interventions have a much higher success rate if family members are dedicated to the process, and if they rely on a professional interventionist. Interventions require planning and support; editors Robert K. White and Deborah G. Wright of the book titled “Strategies to Motivate Treatment-Seeking Behavior” provide 4 essential elements to intervention success:

  1. Communication – confront specific problems with your loved one by providing facts and potential causes. Discuss the stages of dependency and consequences if substance use continues.
  2. Affirmation – express your concern to help and support your loved one, as long as they wish for this help and is ready to make a change. Listen to what your loved one has to say, and re-state their words to show them you’re truly listening and to clarify what they’ve said.
  3. Responding – stay focused on the direct problems at hand, and bring up potential options for your loved one that would solve these problems.
  4. Enacting – commit to whatever plan of action you and your loved one agree upon. If they’ve stated they will follow up with treatment, ensure they do so. If you provide consequences to actions, follow through with those actions. This is critical to showing your loved one they must take responsibility and control over their addiction.

Professional interventionists often serve as a voice for the person who has an addiction – this can help them to feel less cornered if there are many family members involved. Be sure to conduct research as to which treatment programs you’d like to propose for them to attend – reach out to those treatment centers beforehand so that you can get as much information as possible for them. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that over 90% of interventions with a professional interventionist are successful. Seek out the help that your loved one needs, today.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.