Family crisis intervention is necessary when a family member is in denial regarding their alcohol or substance abuse problem. If the family of an alcohol or drug abuser is coming together to try to intervene, they are most likely doing so because of specific situations in which their substance abuse has impacted their loved ones or others.
A family crisis intervention will attempt to clear your loved of denial and show them that they do have an actual problem. This is accomplished through the use of testimony by everyone in the family showing how their lives have been adversely affected by the family member's abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. At the same time, the family will demonstrate their solidarity and unity behind their loved one and show them that all the family wants is for them to get better.
A professional family crisis interventionist is trained to handle any outcomes that may arise from the intervention process. The reactions of an addict can often be erratic and unpredictable, and family crisis interventionists have been trained in how to guide the process with an objective and detached voice. They can also assist in handling the logistics and finding a quality alcohol or drug treatment center for your family member. In addition, they will be a great source of support and stability for family members who might be wavering in their resolve to follow through with the “tough love” philosophy associated with family crisis intervention. It is important to remember that this is not a situation that can be resolved simply by sitting down with the family member and telling them that need to get help. This is a delicate process that mandates expertise and sensitvity.
If your family is in need of a family crisis intervention, we can help. The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of family crisis interventionists in your local area, as well as the leading recommended family crisis interventionists in the United States. Contact us now to take the first step in restoring harmony and function to your family.