FAQ

Doesn’t the addict have to want to get help?

This is a fatal myth. Addicts often don’t think they have a problem, why would you wait for them to get sicker, and possibly die, in order to get them help? Call IFS and we can discuss the importance of people surrounding the addict getting help for the addict as well as themselves.

How does an intervention that you invite the addict to even work? Won’t they refuse to come?

It might sound crazy but more often than not, even if when invited, the addict says “no”, they end up attending the family meeting/intervention. Addicts show up for a variety of reasons. Often it’s old-fashioned curiosity. Other times, they have their own issues they would like to address to the family or group. Regardless of their reason, the meeting/workshop is more productive with the most family members attending as possible. Interventionists who practice an invitational approach to interventions report that most addicts end up attending the meeting.

What if the addict doesn’t show up?

The meeting occurs anyway. Much can be done without the addict present. You will learn how to interact with the addict differently than you have in the past, take care of yourself and as a result, this can lead to the addict deciding to get help for their addiction. Switching the focus from constant worry about the addict to learning how to deal with addiction in an effective way can help create positive changes in other family members including the addict.

Why help the addict through the family? Don’t most addicts have no family or poor relationships with their families?

Despite the common belief that addicts are not connected to their family and friends, this is generally inaccurate. Most addicts are connected to and often dependent on family and friends for emotional and financial support. Studies regarding this can be cited by emailing IFS.

What are payment options available for your services?

Local services are available sliding scale for people who can prove their need for services (particularly interventions). Serenity Loans may also provide loans for intervention services.

We’re interested in your help. What should we do next?

Call me at (505) 216-6797 or call from your computer on the homepage, under “widget”. Or, send me an email: cateashby (at symbol) yahoo.com If you’re not sure IFS is the right fit, give a call and we’ll tell you what we do with no obligation to use our services.