In any intervention for a drug addict, the disposition of the addict’s family is exceedingly important.
Full recovery involves not only restoring the addict’s life, but also ensuring that the people around the addict are also capable of helping with the long-term goal of total abstinence from drugs.
Family support is a term used to describe a series of intervention practices that help family members cope with the effects of their loved one’s drug addiction. Often interventions focus solely on the addict, and tend to downplay the harmful effects drug use has on the family dynamic.
Family members are often hurt, confused or angry when it comes to confronting the addict. This is counterproductive to the recovery process and may lead to future problems with both the recovering addict and the affected family members.
Family support is focused on discovering any problems between the family and the addict and repairing any damage that is found. According to the Effective Interventions Unit Evaluation Guide, family support strategies include:
The goal of family support in the interventional setting is to provide family members with the information, skills and counseling they need to cope with the devastating effects of drug addiction. Once the family dynamic has been strengthened, the chances of a successful recovery are greatly enhanced.
After you hold an intervention, you will need to take the next step toward your loved one’s recovery; find the right treatment that works best for his or her needs. The following are important phases of the rehab process that should be investigated in some depth.
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