The Path to Successful Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Having performed addiction interventions and treatment assessments, along with making referrals for the past 13 years, we have seen every possible outcome and heard every possible excuse from the family, the addict, and the alcoholic for not seeking help.
The family clings to doing it their way or nothing at all while watching their loved one rationalize insanity. The pattern is similar for many suffering through addiction, which is difficult to understand as they believe their situation is unique, and our solutions won’t work for them. Therein lies the problem. Too often, people insist on doing it their way versus professional intervention, as if their way will be more successful.
It is far more difficult for several family members to take direction than it is for one addict or alcoholic to do so. Families think their situation is unique, and their loved one will never say yes to treatment. They believe nobody else can convince the loved one to accept help, to be going through their experience, or that an intervention would never work in their situation. Addiction is the only fatal illness where people put their care in their own hands.
Until people start trusting in professionals about what is most effective and stop listening to the addict, alcoholic, or codependent family member about what isn’t effective, attempts at treatment will have little chance of success. Addiction treatment and intervention are dependent on one’s ability to follow directions.
Codependency and Enabling