Interventions: Help for Families

Getting help for a loved one who does not yet accept that he/she needs help:

Interventions are not just about helping the person with the disease. Eating disorders, drug abuse, and alcoholism are addictions that affect the entire family. Interventions address the needs of the entire family. And recovery is a family affair. Consider these questions:

  • Is someone you love dying or barely living because of his/her addiction?
  • Have you tried everything you can think of to get him/her to accept the help you know he/she needs?
  • Are you worried, tired, frustrated, afraid, and at the end of your rope? Are you angry?
  • Do you wonder if you should just give up or try one more time to convince him/her to get help?

Since you’re looking at this website, the answer to one or more of these questions is probably “yes.” You’re not alone. There are many families, friends, co-workers, and bosses who know someone who is slowly dying from an addiction. It could be drugs, alcohol, over-eating, anorexia, bulimia, exercising, gambling, sex, etc. All of it can kill. And they kill not just the addict, but the fabric that holds the family together.

So what do you do when you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked? Can you “force” your loved one to accept the help he/she doesn’t yet believe is needed? Yes, you can!

The problem with the disease of addiction is that it convinces you that you don’t really have it. So the addict doesn’t see the signs, is in denial that the disease is as bad as it is, and is afraid to get help. We used to think we had to wait for the person to hit “rock bottom” and ask for help. Professionals no longer believe this. Instead, we’ve seen that, with a firm and loving approach, families actually can get someone into treatment without waiting for “rock bottom.”

How do interventions work?

What to look for when selecting an interventionist

Our professionals specialize in addictions, especially eating disorders. While not everyone treats eating disorders as addictions, we believe that when someone is extremely malnourished, her/his disorder takes on many of the qualities of an addiction, and she/he needs others to help get him/her into treatment. Eating disorders are the most lethal and difficult to treat of all addictions and mental illnesses. If we wait for him/her to get help, we increase the likelihood of death from the disease.

You are not alone. We will help you save your loved one. Please contact us.