Interventions for Alcohol Abuse
Those affected by alcohol addiction have a compulsion to drink and this unyielding need can take over one’s life. The affects of alcohol addiction can be as tremendous as destroying financial stability, losing family confidence and worse. Alcoholism may lurk in the background as he or she manages to hold down the essentials; jobs, family and prospects.
If some or all of these characteristics affect your loved one, he or she may be battling an alcohol addiction:
- Feeling a need or compulsion to drink alone or in secret
- Cannot limit the amount of alcohol consumed
- Losing interest in enjoyable activities and hobbies
- Blacking out or forgetting conversations and appointments
- Making a ritual of the time, scene, etc. of where he or she drinks and becoming irritated if this ritual is disturbed
- Feeling guilty about drinking or feeling they should limit drinking
- Developing problems with relationships, financial obligations, work or the law
- Becoming tolerant to the effects of alcohol, drinking more to feel the effects
- Experiencing nausea, sweating or shaking if he or she does not drink
When a loved one’s life begins to unravel with one or more signs of an untreated addiction to alcohol, an alcohol intervention is the fastest, most effective way to address the problem and begin the healing process for the whole family.
Assistance in Recovery’s alcohol abuse interventions focus on how alcohol addiction affects the entire family and provides the tools to adequately deal with the situation. Interventions establish healthy boundaries and restore order in lives while urging the alcoholic to accept treatment or face the consequences of their actions without the family remaining involved.
Our highly trained and educated interventionists “raise the bottom” to help alcoholics receive the help they need before they destroy their lives and those of others.
Prior to the intervention itself, the family meets with an AiR interventionist, for a pre- intervention meeting. During the pre-intervention meeting, the interventionist will educate the team about alcohol abuse. Alcohol addiction affects not only the individual, but the entire family system. One of the most important pieces of a successful intervention is involving the right people on your team. Our interventionists will assist you every step of the way as you assemble your intervention team.
Family members and friends may prepare letters in which they describe their experiences associated with the alcoholic’s behavior, to convey to the alcoholic the impact his or her addiction has had on others. Also during the pre-intervention meeting, a team member is strongly urged to create a list of activities done by the alcoholic that they will no longer tolerate, finance, or participate in if the alcoholic does not agree to check into a rehabilitation center for treatment. We want to make it as difficult as possible to continue the abuse cycle. These consequences may be as simple as no longer loaning money to the alcoholic, but can be far more serious, such as losing custody of a child. Family and friends read their letters to the alcoholic, who then must decide whether to check into the prescribed rehabilitation center or deal with the promised consequences.
An intervention with the correct planning and carried out correctly will often result in an alcoholic agreeing to receive the proper help. But there will be interventions where the alcoholic refuses treatment. Our interventionists are there to provide support to your family in the event that this happens, and help carry out the consequences of their continued use.
By refusing to seek treatment the alcoholic in general is saying to the family “ I still want to abuse alcohol. I want to continue the family’s suffering. I want to control my own life.”
The family will be supported by the interventionist as they respond to the addict with the list of consequences decided upon during the pre-intervention meeting.
Alcohol interventions are empowering experiences. Families leave with an understanding of each person’s respective role in the recovery process, as well as a renewed ability to lead their own fulfilling lives. Interventions create the opportunity for the addict to evaluate actions, consequences and potentials.
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Assistance in Recovery’s alcohol abuse interventions focus on how alcoholism affects the entire family and provides the tools to adequately deal with the situation. Interventions establish healthy boundaries and restore order in lives while urging the alcoholic to accept treatment or face the consequences of their actions without the family remaining involved.
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