During active addiction, family uses all means available at their disposal to alter the addict’s drug and alcohol consumption. They scold, nag, beg, bribe and even berate the addict to help treat his addiction. Though their intentions are always positive, they fail to convey them in a meaningful way. For instance, families tend to enable the addict by preventing any negative outcomes that can motivate him to accept treatment. They may pay off his debt, help resolve his relationships or cover for his absences at work. For this reason, the patient remains oblivious to the negatives of addiction and continues to seek pleasure from drugs and alcohol.
What families fail to do is change their mode of interaction with the addict and use their love to motivate him towards treatment. The first step of addiction treatment for the family is to understand and accept the disease of addiction and relate the negative consequences in their loved one’s life to this disease.
Supported by empirical research, process intervention relies on non-confrontational methods to encourage the addict to accept addiction treatment. Rather than employing reactive methods of interaction, it is based on using healthy rewards to encourage positive behaviours in the addict. At Sadaqat Clinic, the best psychiatric and addiction treatment centre in Karachi, Islamabad & Murree we train families to identify most opportune moments and use appropriate strategies that can help them make small, but lasting positive changes. Through process intervention, families can enhance the addict’s motivation for addiction treatment by rewarding healthy behaviours and making sober activities more appealing, while making addictive behaviours and drugs-related activities less attractive.
To get the most out of this addiction treatment approach, families must refrain from provoking or enabling the addict as these can exacerbate his disease of addiction. It is also important that all family members are on the same page and working towards the mutual goal of addiction treatment. As burnout is common, families should also take care of themselves. Process intervention aims to improve the addict’s, as well as the family’s, quality of life. It helps them rethink their own lifestyle to make it safer and saner regardless of what the addict does.
In keeping with its reputation as the best psychiatric and addiction treatment centre in Karachi, Islamabad & Murree Sadaqat Clinic promotes and utilizes this evidence-based rehabilitation approach as the very first but vital step for recovery, coaching families to help themselves and their loved ones.