Each year, approximately 8.7 million children across the United States aged 17 or younger have a parent with a substance use disorder (SUD). Having an SUD can greatly affect the health and well-being of a family; a study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) emphasized that families of parents with SUDs are more likely to experience lower socioeconomic status, increased difficulties in school and work, and more family dysfunction. Parental abuse and neglect may also occur, and household necessities may not be replenished. If you’re a child, relative, or friend of a parent with a SUD, it’s important that you host an intervention.
Interventions are opportunities for loved ones of those with addictions to address their substance use and how it’s affected their loved one’s life, happiness, well-being, responsibilities, as well as how it has affected others. Previous research has proven that having a professional to help stage an intervention is typically most successful, as it helps the person with an addiction feel more supported and less threatened. Interventions are a wonderful way to be honest while urging a person to seek help and providing them with several options. There are several things you may want to say during an intervention:
- Remind your loved one they are valued and appreciated as a member of the family or as a friend, coworker, etc.
- Tell your loved one that you love them.
- Explain your worries for the children of the family and how their addiction has affected them.
- Emphasize that you will be there for your loved one throughout treatment.
- Talk to them about the effectiveness of addiction treatment.
- Discuss addiction’s role as a disease and how they can get better.
A trained interventionist can speak with your loved one on several of these steps, as they can explain what happens to the body when addiction takes place. By conducting this intervention, you are standing up for their children’s safety as well as your loved one’s.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.