Frequently Asked Questions
The questions about interventions and addictive behavior are endless. We hope to dispel some myths, provide some insight, and help you see clearly what your family might be facing.
Bad Habit or Addiction: What’s the difference?
Everyone has bad habits, vices, or ‘addictions’ that are fairly harmless. However, for some people, moderation isn’t so easy. When a behavior begins to take over, to carry more weight in the list of priorities than food, shelter, work, and family, that is when it’s time to take a look at what is really going on.
Our staff is trained to make an initial assessment to see what’s happening and how we might line up help for your loved one, at the level of intensity necessary. Maybe it’s going to AA meetings with a sponsor. Maybe it’s a week at an intensive retreat. Or, maybe it is 90-days in a treatment facility. We decide together.
Right now, an intervention seems like a bit much. Is there anything else we can do?
There are a lot of steps in between an invitation to change and getting your loved one into a treatment program to help with their situation. We start with a family meeting and invite your loved one to attend. From that starting point, there are many options, including change agreements that redirect behavior, which we agree on together.
What if the intervention makes our loved one feel offended or attacked?
Our interventions are gentle, kind, and lead with the love a family has for itself. We don’t define a family; we allow you to choose the voices that matter in the life of your loved one to join a family meeting. Your loved one will never feel ganged up on, ambushed, bullied, or like they don’t have a choice and a voice in the conversation.
We insist that everyone be treated with respect and dignity. Our process is collaborative and involves the whole family, without blame, shame or guilt. Together we invite your loved one to participate in his or her own recovery process.
Ok so it seems like we need treatment, but what about the costs?
It’s not always about what the services cost, sometimes it is more important to look at what the addiction is costing you and your family. Lost time at work, calls at 3am from the local police department, exhausting all your family’s resources to ‘hide’ the addiction from others, walking on eggshells, feeling afraid to speak up, missing money from your wallet every day, and missing heirlooms that have been pawned for drug or booze money. If any of this sounds familiar, you’ve paid too much already.
We don’t want to break your piggy bank; we want to help get your family back on track, thriving in a life of joy and connectedness, health, wellness, and safety.
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