Co-Dependency & Fear. The Pain Continues For 75%
- 95% of Family Interventions result in a loved one going into effective treatment.
- Treatment outcomes are just as successful or unsuccessful regardless of motivation to engage.
- 75% of family members who inquire about or hear about Family Interventions take it no further.
Families slip into codependency and fear in-line with the progression and development of a loved ones addiction, be it to alcohol, drugs or behavioural addiction. They start to mirror the psychology of minimisation, alibi systems and denial. This is required to avoid the pain of the reality which involves blame, anger, fear, shame, humiliation etc.
Healthy values are disrupted and overturned when a family is in close to addiction issues.
It is imperative that families unite to support each other to face fears, face anxiety and shame in a way that supports them and holds them. From this position they are able to intervene successfully and a loved one will take the offer of help. The Pre-Intervention process is so important. Read the books. Go to Families Anonymous or Al-Anon. Attend a family program. Read co-dependent No More.
Most importantly, do not put off ending the misery of addiction by procrastinating over a Family Intervention. To do nothing is to continue as you are. Addiction is progressive. You may want to await a “rock bottom” experience, this may help you avoid the reality by way of an intervention, but the outcome may not be so easy.