Family members or friends of a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol may at some point ask, “how?” How did my loved one get this way? How could this happen?
There are many reasons that may start someone on the road to addiction, but once started, the addict no longer has a choice. If your loved one is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other substances, even to gambling or more harmless exploits such as eating chocolate, he or she is no longer in control.
When the addict you care for has reached the point where he or she cannot control personal behavior, that leaves you – parent, sibling, or friend – feeling understandably helpless. Surely there must be something you can do to help change this pattern.
There is. You can contact a Durham Interventionist on behalf of your loved one and ease the path to recovery.
The aim of an interventionist is to guide your loved one toward an honest desire to seek treatment. This is more than just getting your loved one to agree to attend meetings on certain days. Getting an addict to sign up for scheduled treatments is actually the easy part. Most addicts express a desire to clean up their act. Some even mean it. The work of the interventionist goes deeper than that.
The aim of an interventionist is to change the family dynamics that continue to foster the addiction. The addict is helped to find his or her own place in a drug-free or alcohol-free world. The interventionist uses a model of intervention called S.M.A.R.T. It includes family meetings and tough love when necessary. At some point the addict is invited, when he or she is able, to discuss the addiction at a family meeting.
If you are pained because of the addiction of a loved one, do something about it today. Let us help to ensure that the addict in your life not only enters treatment, but doesn’t walk out of it two days later. Let us help to ensure that your loved one can once again live in a world that is free of addiction. You will sleep better too.