What are Family Interventions? 

Family interventions are an important part of addiction recovery and poor mental health. A family intervention is a planned meeting with a person experiencing difficulty with addiction and their loved ones. The purpose of the intervention is to encourage the individual to seek treatment. Family interventions can be a powerful tool to help someone struggling with addiction to understand the consequences of their behaviour and to take steps towards recovery.

Are Family Interventions effective?

Family interventions can be incredibly effective in treating addiction, but they must be carefully planned and executed. The goal of the intervention is to provide a safe and supportive environment to confront the individual on the consequences of their addiction and to encourage them to seek treatment. During the intervention, family members should speak from the heart and share stories of how addiction has affected them and their relationship with the person struggling with addiction. It is important to be supportive and understanding during the intervention, but also firm in the expectation that the person struggling with addiction will seek treatment.

The intervention should also provide the individual with a clear plan for recovery and a timeline for getting help. The plan should include a list of treatment options, such as inpatient or outpatient programs, and a list of resources available to them. It is important to have a clear plan for recovery so that the individual knows what steps they need to take to get help.

Family interventions are an important part of addiction recovery, but they are not the only solution. It is important to provide the individual struggling with addiction with the support and resources they need to succeed in their recovery. This includes providing them with access to addiction treatment and support groups, as well as helping them to develop healthier coping strategies and life skills.

Family Interventions will:

  • Provide a safe and supportive environment for the addict to open up and discuss their struggles
  • Help families learn how to better communicate and support one another
  • Work through the illness of addiction, understanding more about it and ways to achieve and maintain recovery
  • Support families in their own right, and learn how to best support their loved one in their recovery
  • Facilitate sessions to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that the family find most difficult to cope with, and identify new strategies to help resolve these issues

Who carries out the Family Intervention?

Family interventions or family therapy are a form of psychotherapy that involve the family of a person struggling with addiction. This type of therapy is typically led by an addiction counsellor or therapist, and it involves the participation of family members, close friends, and other people connected to the individual experiencing difficulty from addiction and poor mental health.

Help and Support

Alcoholics Anonymous – For anyone with a desire to stop their own drink problem. National free helpline call 0800 9177650 or email help@aamail.org

Al-Anon – Family Groups UK & Eire is for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Helpline (UK) 0800 0086 811, (Eire) 01 873 2699

Narcotics Anonymous – If you have a problem with drugs, NA is a place to help you get clean and stay clean. Helpline: 10.00am – midnight 0300 999 1212

Gamblers Anonymous – Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others do the same. Information line 0330 094 0322

If yourself or a loved are experiencing difficulty with addiction or poor mental health, please visit www.stesptogether.co.uk for more information, or if you’d like a free and confidential discussion with an expert treatment advisor at Steps Together please call 0330 175 7031 today.