For family members and friends concerned about someone’s use of alcohol or drugs, there can be a great deal of confusion and frustration about what to do. Family members are often confused or unaware as to why someone would continue to use substances despite catastrophic consequences. It will help to understand that addiction is a chronic disease which affects not only the brain but also the central nervous system. As a result of psychological and physical dependency, the individual is typically unable to voluntarily stop using the substance on his or her own.
Intervention is a professionally directed education process resulting in a face-to-face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life. The goal of intervention is for them to accept help.
Drew Horowitz and Associates:
Hybrid Behavioral Health
The Retreat in Wayzata, MN provides weekend family retreats and educational workshops for families with loved ones in a treatment program or those who are refusing to seek services.
Alanon and Alateen programs provide support for families, support members, and teens who love someone who is addicted. To find a meeting near you:
National Alliance of Mental Illness hosts various workshops and support groups for those who love and support someone struggling with a mental illness.
For more information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or support for those affected by the disease, please seek resources at:
For information about county funding for a loved one seeking treatment in Minnesota:
Please reach out to our staff at Recovering Hope for more information or resources and to talk further about helping your loved one seek services.