Getting help for a loved one who does not yet accept that they need help:
Interventions are not just about helping the person with the disease. Eating disorders, drug abuse, and alcoholism are addictions that affect the entire family. Interventions address the needs of the entire family; and recovery is a family affair.
Consider these questions:
- Is someone you love dying or barely living because of their addiction?
- Have you tried everything you can think of to get them to accept the help you know they need?
- Are you worried, tired, frustrated, afraid, and at the end of your rope? Are you angry?
- Do you wonder if you should just give up or try one more time to convince them to get help?
Since you’re looking at this website, the answer to one or more of these questions is probably “yes.” You’re not alone. There are many families, friends, co-workers, and bosses who know someone who is slowly dying from an addiction. It could be drugs, alcohol, over-eating, anorexia, bulimia, exercising, gambling, sex, etc. All of it can kill. And they kill not just the addict, but the fabric that holds the family together.
So what do you do when you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked? Can you “force” your loved one to accept the help they don’t yet believe is needed? Yes, you can!
How do interventions work? What to look for when selecting an interventionist?
Our professionals specialize in addictions, especially eating disorders. While not everyone treats eating disorders as addictions, we believe that when someone is extremely malnourished, their disorder takes on many of the qualities of an addiction, and they need others to help get them into treatment. Eating disorders are the most lethal and difficult to treat of all mental illnesses. If we wait for them to get help, we increase the likelihood of death from the disease.