An intervention occurs when an addict is at a point where he or she needs help in getting life back on track. Although it is an important intial step to reach a professional before the intervention, the best type of intervention for a person could be a family intervention. A family intervention would be one that includes every member of the immediate family working together for the goal of recovery for an addict. One of the reasons why a family intervention tends to be successful, is due to the overwhelming support and love that a family can share with the addict. This article describes the 5 benefits of family intervention.
- Sharing Personal Feelings – Since interventions tend to focus on personal or private feelings, it may not be beneficial to have people outside the family setting within the intervention process. Having the family become the core of the intervention can really benefit the addict. It is very important to have each member of the family talk to the addict about his or her feelings during the intervention. The great attribute of a close family is that ability to openly share feelings toward one another, and each family member must know going into the intervention to stay positive. Focusing on the reality of how each member has been hurt through clear examples will be very beneficial.
- Sharing common goals – If one member of a family is affected by something, normally every member is affected in some form. The best part of a good family is the “one for all, all for one” notation. Before the intervention, families will typically rehearse what they will say in an organized fashion, with each member speaking in order. They will also prepare a list of shared common goals they have for the addict. These goals will become important during the intervention, as well as the rehabilitation portion of the persons recovery. These family goals also show the addict that everyone is on this road to recovery together, and will reap the personal benefits in the same fashion.
- Unconditional Love – There is nothing like the power of love. The truest form of love comes from a family, and an addict may be able to recognize that through the family intervention. During the intervention, love will come in a few tough forms as well. Focusing on hurtful situations, past neglect, and feelings of family hurt are a start to moving forward toward the addicts’ path to recovery. Unconditional love and support from all family members is vital in an addicts perception of togetherness.
- Letting go of the past – Although the focus may be on the present addict during an intervention, this may also be a time of full family togetherness and recovery as well. Past negative family situations may have played a key role in the addict’s choices. Often times, a family intervention may bring these to light. Once all problems are targeted and discussed, this is the right track to healing. Letting go of the past, in itself, is a therapeutic release. This not only helps the addict, but it also helps the family begin to work on the next step in this article.
- Moving forward – Because an addition typically takes a person away from the togetherness of family, this is also an important step in bringing everyone together. The benefit of moving forward often derives from letting go of the past. A family has been there for an addict from the start, and once the recovery occurs, moving forward with a new light over the family will be shed.
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