- Keep your focus on the goal.
If the addiction disorder has been ongoing and you have had little opportunity to discuss how you feel about the problem or how it has impacted your life, it can be tempting to engage in tangential conversations about specific incidents that occurred in the past or detail how you were harmed by the choices the person made under the influence. Unfortunately, this can serve to cloud the issue and give the other person the opportunity to fixate on anything but the fact that addiction has become a life-threatening issue that requires immediate treatment.
- Consider a formal intervention.
If you feel uncomfortable with engaging your loved one – again or for the first time – on the topic of addiction and treatment, it is not a problem that should be ignored. Rather, you have the option of hiring a professional family mediator to assist you in the process and stage a formal intervention.
A professional interventionist can help you to formalize the conversation about addiction with the entire intervention team. This is an intensely private, honest moment for your family – one that can allow everyone to share their concerns about their loved one’s addiction and move a step closer to treatment.
A formal intervention also provides the opportunity to help the person living with addiction to recognize the immediate need for treatment – and enter drug rehab that day. A professional interventionist can assist with keeping the conversation on topic and helpful, engage the person living with an addiction on a more formal level, and potentially escort that person from the intervention to the rehab program. The idea is to not only identify and discuss the problem of addiction and how things will change but to also make an active move toward that change without delay.