Having “the talk” with your loved ones is rarely successful in motivating them to change. Simply talking to a substance user about their problem will most commonly have one of two results. Either they become angry and rebel at the idea of getting help; or they will placate you so they can continue to use their substance of choice.pgslot This conversation without action leave both the substance user and their family in the same place as before the conversation. This reality is based on a multitude of reasons but the most common is that the family is often the least qualified to facilitate a successful intervention.
In the rare occurrence of the individual approaching their family or friends to ask for help the next step is to involve a proffesional who can make appropriate recommendations for the facilitating of the treatment process. Whether it is a detox center, residential program, outpatient treatment or a long term case manager. This professional recommendation will guide your loved one on a path to long-term recovery.
This may be the first time that you have personally delt with an addict or alcoholic, or the hundredth time you’ve delt with the same individual. The unfortunate truth is even if a family member is highly qualified in a field that relates to substance abuse or mental health treatment, it is still necessary to seek professional help.pgslot This is akin to a sugeon treating a family member, or a therapist seeing their loved ones. It is not the correct approach because of the close proximity to the issue. A successful intervention requires objective reasoning and appropriate support.
That is not to say that your loved one is destined to remain in addiction or alcoholism forever. With guidance and support from a qualified proffesional they will not only see their issue but recognize the path to recovery.