Family Intervention Services

Family Intervention services are a specific intervention that involves the addict’s family members and is designed so it does not only benefit the patient but also family members. When a family member or a close friend is struggling with dependency that is negatively affecting their relationship with those around them, it can be difficult to figure out how to help them. It becomes a bigger problem when the person does not see the severity of the problem or have become reluctant to the idea of seeking help. In most cases a direct heart to heart conversation can help the victim start their recovery process. Family intervention uses the power of concern and love to break through denial and addiction and to get the loved one to start treatment. They unify the family and get all family members to work together.


A Family Intervention is Designed to:

• Give specific examples of the addicts destructive behavior and how they impact the addict and the family at large

• Offer a prearranged treatment plan that outlines clear steps, guidelines and goals.

• Spell out what each family member is ready to do if the loved one refuses treatment.


How to Plan a Successful Family Intervention

Family Intervention services designed to get someone into rehab who doesn't want to goFamily interventions should be structured and organized. If a family needs help planning they can seek the services of an insured, licensed and trained interventionist. So that they do not leave anything to chance the family should carry out a rehearsal.


Below are the steps involved in a successful intervention.

    1. Make a plan

One family member proposes the idea to have an intervention and proceeds to forming a planning group. Interventions are usually charged situations and there is a possibility of potential resentment, anger and the victim may feel betrayed so it helps being prepared and having a plan.

    1. Gather some information

The members find out more about the extent of the loved ones problem and they find suitable treatment programs. They may even initiate arrangements to enroll the loved one in a treatment program.

  • Plan intervention specifics


The team sets a location and date for the intervention. They work together so as to present a rehearsed and consistent message. To keep the discussion focused on solutions and not on the strong emotional responses it helps to have a non-family member in the group. The loved one should not now about the intervention until that day.

  • Deciding on consequences


If the loved one does not accept treatment each member of the team should decide what action they will take. Consequences vary from cutting them off financially to taking away contact with their children.

  • Take notes on what each member will say


Each member of the team describes an incident that the addiction has caused problems such as financial and emotional issues. They should discuss the toll the loved one behavior has caused them but at the same time express care.

  • Hold the intervention


Without prior being told the loved one is asked to come to the site. They then take times expressing their feelings. They present a treatment option to the loved one.

  • Follow up


This is critical to help the loved one with an addiction process from relapsing. This includes family members offering to participate in counseling with their loved one or knowing what they should do if a relapse occurs

Studies show that family interventions do help but only if they are well planned. Poor planning may worsen the situation when the loved one if they feel attacked.
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About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.


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