How do I know if an intervention is necessary?
When people call me to schedule an intervention, my first question is always, “Have you suggested treatment to your loved one?” If the answer is “no,” we talk about how to do that in a way that doesn’t alienate the person. From there, we can decide what further services are needed.
If a family feels incapable of doing an intervention on their own, I will work with them to plan a compassionate intervention that establishes boundaries and offers treatment options to the individual. Families might be discouraged if an initial intervention meeting doesn’t result in treatment, but I remind them that intervention takes time, and in the end the choice to recover is up to the addicted individual. No one can force another to change.
Do you work with families of addicted minors?
Yes, I absolutely work with minors, and I love the challenge of helping them get engaged and excited about what can happen for them in recovery. I can point families to treatment resources designed specifically for teenagers and can help parents and teens learn how to communicate with each other in a way that makes them feel heard and respected.
My loved one has been to treatment before but has relapsed. Can you still help?
Absolutely. Like diabetes or arthritis, addiction is a chronic disease that can be controlled but not cured. Relapse rates are high, but relapse doesn’t have to result in a return to full-blown addiction. I can talk with you and your loved one about treatment options, community resources, and recovery mentoring. Never give up!
What if my addicted loved one refuses treatment?
Unfortunately, some people are simply not ready to commit to the work of recovery. When this happens, I help families learn how to set and hold boundaries and cease enabling behavior. I encourage families to keep learning about addiction and keep trying to direct their loved one toward treatment. There is always hope.