Of all of the people in this country who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, only about 10 percent are getting needed help for their conditions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you’re living with someone who is addicted, this might be a statistic you’re incredibly familiar with.
In fact, you might know all too well how much denial, lies and old habits can get in the way of true recovery from a substance abuse problem. While you might feel as though there is nothing you could do to stop the addiction from moving forward, it’s imperative that you don’t give up hope. Perhaps, with one more talk, you could convince the person you love to enter a treatment program and start moving toward a healthier and happier life.
Being Honest, But Firm
It’s natural for family members to protect the people they love.
- Paying the household bills
- Making excuses for the person’s behavior with friends and family members
- Calling in sick for the person, when a binge has gone on too long
- Taking over childcare responsibilities
These steps can make the person’s daily life easier to bear, but might also make the addiction grow. By removing the consequences of the addiction, you can allow the person to nurture the addiction, and see no reason why the addiction should be stopped.
In an intervention for addiction, families can stop this behavior, once and for all. Here, they can outline how the addiction has changed the family and the steps they’ve been forced to take in order to keep the person’s life together. The family can also vow to stop helping the addiction, and this consequence might be the push the person needs in order to enter an addiction treatment program.
Much of an addiction treatment program focuses on the person in treatment. Here, the person is asked to think about why the addiction has formed, and what might need to change in order to keep the addiction from returning once more. While the majority of changes are likely to take place within the mind and body of the addict, the family might also need to change in order for the addiction issue to truly disappear. Family therapy might provide an immense amount of help.
The benefits of family therapy have been documented for years. In fact, a study published in 1970 found that family therapy was an effective treatment for alcoholic families, and that all of the families who received the care improved in some way. When the entire family can come together, and they can all learn about addiction and how they can work together to improve the situation, amazing results can come about.
We Can Help
At Michael’s House, we provide evidence-based treatment for addiction, along with the mental health issues that sometimes underlie addictions. We focus on helping our clients develop constructive skills they can use to keep their addictions under control for the rest of their lives. If you’d like to find out more about treatment at Michael’s House, please contact us at 760-548-4032. All calls are always kept confidential.