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Best Family Intervention Strategies for Dealing with Addiction

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Family Intervention Strategies

When it comes to addiction oftentimes mental health and addiction co-exist with one another. This is commonly referred to as co-occurring disorders. When a loved one is suffering from co-occurring disorders it can make things more challenging for them to see they need treatment.

Typically in these situations an intervention needs to be planned in helping your loved one to even begin to consider the possibility of trying out a treatment option. That is usually the first step needed in beginning their journey for recovery. 

With co-occurring mental health issues, however, you have to be very selective and mindful about what rehab facilities you consider for your loved one to be treated at. Co-occurring disorders take a specialized treatment and it’s important the facility you choose is educated in treating such specialized disorders. Otherwise long-term sobriety and rehabilitation will not be successful whatsoever.

Mental Health Prevention, Recognition, Early Intervention/Treatment

Early recognition helps prevent a mental health problem from developing and those signs usually show up at a young age, depending on the mental illness. However, anyone at any age can develop mental health problems. 

Though no matter the circumstances of how, why, or when the mental health issue develops it’s important to get it treated early on. The reason aside from the personal and mental anguish the person goes through mentally and emotionally, there is also other problems it can create outside of themselves, such as:

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction
  • Suicide
  • Isolation

Mental health, as you can see, clearly affects every aspect of a person’s life. Prevention, recognition, and early family intervention strategies/treatment can prevent a lifetime of much more serious issues. Especially in young children, teens, and young adults.

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Dual Diagnosis Intervention And The Importance Of Holistic Health

There is a clear connection between the mind and the body, even though many people don’t understand that connection.

When it comes to mental health and physical health and the relationship between them, the connection is important and is contributing to one another.

Physical Health

If an individual is not getting an adequate amount of sleep, experiencing an extreme amount of stress, malnourished, has/had exposure to toxic substances, went through or is going through grief it all will have negative effects on their mental health.

For an addict, when they go through a detoxification of drugs or alcohol their body. It is going through pain and stress in order to eliminate the substance from their body. That in itself puts the person in a compromising and debilitating mental state. 

For those who have traumatic brain injury, brain injury, chronic illness, bipolar disorder,  schizophrenia, personality disorder, depression, and/or PTSD. They will easily find that both their body and mind have been affected.

Safety And Security

It’s critical for the mind to have a healthy and safe environment to function properly and correctly. If someone has a unsafe environment due to fear based on a living arrangement, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and/or neglect in the present or past. It all can affect the mental abilities of a person’s ability to focus on details or their ability to be responsive in day-to-day living.


Resource Availability

When resources are compromised, taken away, or limited. Such as food, shelter, and/or mental health services can compromise someone’s mental health. Especially since these resources in particular are needed to survive. Without these psychological or physiological resources, easily obtainable and available people can have a difficult daily life.


Being able to have positive, supportive, and rewarding relationships is a foundation for good mental health. When a person does not have that then they do not feel loved or valued. The absence of healthy and positive relationships can corrode their mental health. In return unhealthy relationships can eventually form and that can create additional mental health issues as a result of. 

Identifying and Confronting Mental Health Problems

Having serious mental health issues go untreated can destroy a person’s life. When an individual can recognize that they are struggling in life due to a mental health issue and quickly seek help, they can get the relief they need. 

Though not all individuals can recognize their own mental health issues. Yet some may just don’t know how to ask for help or even know where to get help. This is where others like family and friends need to step in and help, and plan an intervention with a professional interventionist.

A professional interventionist will help assist the family and friends who are suffering with the goal to help them get into treatment. It will also allow an opportunity for those involved to address their issues with the individual needing to get treatment in a safe space. However, when addressing those issues it needs to be with love and respect at the same time. 

Addiction Along with Mental Health

Usually with addiction disorders and mental health issues they cohabitate with one another. Both mental health intervention is just as important and imperative as addiction intervention, as they both can severely impact one’s life. 

Of those who suffer from addiction issues, about half of them fall within a spectrum of at least one mental health disorder of some kind. In these cases it is considered a Co-occurring Disorder or a Dual Diagnosis. In these cases, treatment has to happen for both disorders at the same time. This is for it  to be successful towards a full recovery. Otherwise it will fail. Depression, Bipolar, and Panic Disorder, are just a few disorders and also interventions mental health based that can co-occur with addiction.

The symptoms of mental health disorders coupling with addiction can include:

  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Social withdrawal
  • Moodiness
  • Sudden shifts in personality
  • Changes in attitude abruptly
  • Poor performance in work/school

For many who suffer from mental illnesses, substance abuse helps them self-medicate and can help relieve some of their mental illness symptoms. Even though substance abuse is a mental illness in itself. 

Here are the most common mental health issues:

  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Alcohol/Substance Dependence
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Opioid Use Disorder Symptoms
  • Panic Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Tourette’s Disorder
  • Transient Tic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Phobia
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Pica
  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD)
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Family Intervention Strategies Along with a Interventionist

In order to have successful family intervention strategies for a loved one who has a Co-occurring Disorder or Dual Diagnosis is by contacting a trained professional.

You can expect emotions to run very high during the actual intervention strategies. Therefore to have a highly trained professional interventionist there to assist would be the most wise. They would know what to say and how to deal with the flood of emotions. These emotions will be difficult and overwhelming and the situation itself may not be ideal to deal with overall. 

Badly Handled Intervention

A badly handled intervention can in fact make the situation much worse and leave the person who is struggling with their addiction and mental health issues on edge, attacked, betrayed, angry, offended, embarrassed, and that in itself may negatively impact them more in any future desire in seeking recovery. Plus it can further damage your relationship between you and them, which is counterproductive. 

It’s a good idea to rehearse with the interventionist to prepare for the day chosen for the intervention strategies. Even though emotions will be running high, it’s crucial to remember to respond with love and care. The person you love will need the support of family and friends like you to recover.

With giving them respect, and helping to eliminate the negative stigma surrounding mental health treatment it helps increase a more positive outcome. It’s okay to talk about mental health issues, like addiction. Words within those contexts are not bad or dirty words to be ignored.

Intervention specialists are there to assist and can put families in contact with many contacts within the mental health community to help. An intervention without a professional’s assistance can be catastrophic and cause at best a delay in treatment. That is why a trained interventionist will help a family with their loved ones on the road to recovery and healing.

Palm Beach Interventions

Here at Palm Beach Interventions we offer detox, inpatient, outpatient treatments. Including several program and treatment options to help assist in your recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse. Our team also assists in interventions on behalf of your loved one in order to encourage treatment for them to begin their journey of sobriety.

We are educated in treating substance abuse disorders along with mental health disorders as well. We are located in Palm Beach, FL, and you can contact us 24/7 for any additional information at (561) 556-1979, today! Palm Beach Interventions also accepts different types of insurances as well. Start your healing journey today! We can help!

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