At Houghton House we are able to help loved ones to plan a properly conducted direct intervention involving cooperation between the family or friends and one of our expert counsellors. It is often as a result of this action that the addicted person can finally receive the help they know they need.
An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction.
Confronting an addict with a suggestion of rehabilitation is usually an emotionally charged and difficult situation for concerned loved ones but the best approach is often the most direct.
It is important that the family acknowledges that they are not professionals, and that all they are asking is for the identified substance abuser to be assessed by a professional who will be able to evaluate the situation. If the psychologist or counsellor agrees that a problem exists, the family has an obligation to not stand by and allow the destructive behaviour patterns continue untreated.
The family must be prepared to remain focused and engaged, to not be appeased by excuses or promises, and to acknowledge the magnitude of the situation and the consequences of the addict’s behaviour. These most frequently take the form of financial and legal trouble, betrayal and deceit, and breakdown of relationships with family and friends.
Should the individual be uncompromising or uncooperative in their refusal to accept help, there is legal recourse available to encourage them to comply with their family’s wishes. We are able to assist you with the committal process.
For more information and assistance with intervention or committal, do not hesitate to get in touch with Houghton House.
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