For Friends and Families
When a family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol, the top priority is getting them the help they need. Watching as a loved one loses control of their life can be absolutely devastating. However, sending a loved one to treatment can be difficult as well.
Often times, loved ones and family members are in denial about their substance abuse and unwilling to get help. They may also not believe that they’re addicted. What is painfully clear to everyone around them, may not be so obvious to the person with the addiction. We’ve outlined a few steps to take and factors to consider when devising a plan of action for getting your loved one help.
An intervention is a frequently used tactic to interrupt a loved one’s addiction and offer them treatment. In a typical intervention, family members and close friends join together in hopes that their loved one will accept help for their addiction.
The most effective way of staging an intervention is with the help of a trained professional, who can act as a mediator if conflict arises. Interventions can be taxing and emotional, however, without treatment— the chances of a loved one getting and staying sober is extremely low. Even if an intervention is unsuccessful, it lets someone know that help is available when they’re ready.
Have a plan
If a loved one accepts help during an intervention, every effort should be made to take them to a facility immediately. Depending on individual circumstances, a medical detox facility is usually the first stop. In a medical detox, your loved one will receive 24/7 medical care as well as medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and therapy to begin their recovery.
A high quality inpatient treatment program is the next step in continuing treatment. Further, treatment is one of the most helpful steps a person can take for their recovery. After completing residential treatment, attending intensive outpatient, aftercare, and sober living keeps recovery at the center of your loved one’s life.
Royal Life Centers offers medical detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare. Our focus is on high-quality care that places the guest first, making the decision simple when finding treatment for a loved one.
Al-Anon is a fellowship for the families and friends of alcoholics. Families and friends need support too, which is why many support-group formats exist for the friends and families of alcoholics— whether they are in recovery yet or not.
Nar-Anon is a fellowship for the families and friends of addicts. The support you can gain from these support-group meetings is unimaginable. We encourage all family members and friends to be active in attending Nar-Anon meetings. These meetings will help loved ones process through the emotions and turmoil caused by the strain of addiction.
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