A family intervention is often critical to helping a loved one enter treatment and find freedom from a drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is, after all, as much a family disease affecting an entire system of relationships, as it is an individual struggle — hence our commitment to equipping families throughout the healing process that comprises our full continuum of substance abuse care.
Family Intervention Consultation
That means that well before a family finds help for a loved one at our drug and alcohol rehab center, we are here to guide them through the process of staging an intervention and getting that loved one into treatment.
Families of those with a drug or alcohol addiction can draw on one or more of the following intervention services Beach House provides:
During a phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable admissions counselors, families receive compassionate, personalized advice about how to prepare for an intervention. They learn what to expect in the process and how to support a loved one’s decision to seek treatment, which often involves having a treatment plan in place in advance, and one that will best serve their loved one’s needs. Our caring and informed admissions counselors thus provide guidance around what an effective treatment plan might look like for a loved one’s unique situation.
Referral and support services
As part of our strong commitment to help families and their loved ones find the recovery resources they need to find freedom from addiction, Beach House also provides referrals and other support services to families in need. When it comes to addiction, no one — and no family — should have to suffer alone. Since addiction is a disease that draws its strength from isolation and disconnection, the best way we disempower this sickness and pave the road towards healing is by providing families with the support and connection they need to find freedom.
Families, wherever they are, can know that thanks to our extensive national network of referrals, they are in good hands at Beach House. This network includes referrals to skilled, highly recommended intervention specialists here in Florida and around the country, as well as recommendations of trusted “sober escorts,” people who can accompany a client to our rehab center in order to ensure that client arrives safely, without getting derailed en route by cravings.
Counsel and education re: local resources available
By virtue of its location in Palm Beach County, Florida, a leading recovery hub in the nation, Beach House enjoys unparalleled access to a thriving network of local resources and recovery groups that can equip families in their journey towards freedom from addiction. Our admissions counselors are also intimately aware of various Florida laws that can support families’ efforts to get a loved one into treatment.
The Marchman Act is one example. This Florida statue allows family members to secure a court’s mandate of treatment for a loved one with a severe substance abuse problem. Our admissions counselors can coach families about how to draw upon these and other legal provisions that may be available to them here in the state of Florida.
The Intervention Process
Once a family has received a phone consultation with our admissions department to determine both the right drug and alcohol treatment plan for their loved one and who will stage the intervention, that family can expect to embark on an intervention process that roughly follows these steps:
- Form an intervention team. A family in consultation with the right intervention specialist will need to determine who should be present at the intervention itself. Usually, five or six of a loved one’s closest family members — those who have been most affected by the disease, most invested in their loved one’s recovery and most “enabling” of addictive behaviors — will be present for this meeting.
- Stage the intervention meeting. The specifics on where, how and when to arrange this meeting will evolve in consultation with one of the intervention specialists we recommend, who will also guide families through what to say and not to say to their loved one, how to say it and so forth, during the course of this encounter.
- Articulate the treatment plan. Here, the homework that a family has done in preparation for the intervention, in consultation with one of our admission specialists, comes in handy. They will have set up an appropriate treatment plan prior to the intervention, including logistics for how to transport their loved one to our rehab center. The goal is to present treatment as the only viable option for a loved one and to support their decision in favor of treatment by working out key details ahead of time.
- Set forth consequences for refusal of treatment. If a loved one refuses to get professional help for a drug or alcohol addiction, their family must make it clear for them during the intervention that they will experience direct consequences for this decision. This articulation of healthy boundaries on the part of family members is key. An intervention specialist will provide helpful advice about what these boundaries for families and consequences for their loved one should look like.
Once a client has entered drug or alcohol treatment at the Beach House facility, their family can access and experience other facets of the Beach House family program. Learn more about our Family Program.