Family consultation & intervention

Drug addiction has long been misunderstood, with many regarding it as a moral issue rather than what it really is: drug addiction is a brain disease that drives an individual to use. Drug addiction requires treatment and support; individuals can’t just ‘get over it’ with willpower alone. We class an addiction to substances as a brain disease due to the drugs causing changes to the function and structure of the brain. When you have a family member that’s suffering from substance abuse, although they are aware of the harmful effects, their brain makes them think that they need the drug still; it’s a constant battle that can get scary and intimidating. When a person uses drugs, it doesn’t just cause damage to them; it also causes damage to their family and friends. Relationships can become severely compromised, and without help, it may never get sorted. At the Master Center for Addiction Medicine, we understand how difficult it can be for families with substance problems. We supply professional family intervention for drug addiction to help those in need by giving all of the support and treatments required.

What is an addiction treatment program?

When a family is dealing with a member who’s addicted to drugs, they may be unsure about how to stop a loved one using drugs themselves. They may have tried talking to them to understand why they’re taking drugs and discuss with them why it’s bad as well as the associated consequences. However, in many cases, they agree with everything to get out of the conversation, and their addiction doesn’t cease. At the Master Center, we provide family drug use help to all of those in need. No family should be left on their own to deal with this type of problem, and having professional help is the best option. A drug intervention specialist will lead a session with the goal of getting the addicted individual to accept help and enter recovery.

How drug addiction can affect a whole family

Having a drug addiction doesn’t just affect one person – it hurts multiple people. Substance use is a serious problem and it can cause families to fall apart. There are several different ways in which drugs can bring problems into family life. If you need support in defeating your addiction, turn to us – our drug intervention help is here for families whenever they need us. When a loved one is hurting themselves by abusing drugs, it can cause a great deal of stress on the entire family, as well as their friends. There are many consequences caused by drug addiction, including:

  • The family member may steal money from others, or valuable items to sell so that they can get their drug fix.
  • Their jobs can become compromised; they may quit or get fired.
  • They might go missing for a few days or not come home at night due to being intoxicated.
  • The drugs can change their personality. They can do and say things that would usually be out of character.
  • You may find that they often lie; you won’t be able to count on them for things that you usually could.
  • They can become too fixated on wanting drugs; you may find it hard to get them to focus, and they’ll often forget things.
  • Drugs can cause a lot of problems in a family such as fighting, depression, resentments, and much more.

When an individual, especially one who is considered a role model to those younger than them, is using prescription or illegal drugs to the point where they are addicted, it can also influence others into using the drug. If a child is brought up with a family member who is addicted to drugs, they are more likely to use and abuse drugs when they’re older. Our family drug intervention in Richmond, VA can help those who are suffering from an addiction and prevent young children from being brought up in an environment with drug use.

How can drug intervention for families help?

When someone is addicted to drugs, they can feel confused and anxious. Many people get ashamed to go to their families and feel like they have no one to turn to for help. If you or a family member suffers from addiction, you should never feel embarrassed to seek out help. At the Master Center, we can provide both private consultation and counseling to family groups or individual family members. Our advice for families with drug addiction comes from professional, trained, and experienced counselors. They know how to talk about drug use with family groups and individuals to help them rebuild their relationships and trust. Building family relationships is a significant step in our adult and teen drug intervention program. Drugs can make people say and do things that they usually never would and important family bonds can get jeopardized. The transition from addiction to recovery can be difficult, but it’s also very rewarding. When someone who is addicted to drugs can get to the point of recovery, with professional help, family support, love, and encouragement, they can become the best version of themselves. Our teen and adult drug intervention is an innovative and professional way of providing support, advice, and encouragement to those who are addicted and their family members.

Below are some programs designed to educate and support family members whose loved ones are suffering from addiction.

Family Education Seminar

Our ongoing Family Education Seminar series features addiction medicine leaders from around the country and is offered free by the Master Center to individuals, families, and care professionals. The series is currently offered in webinar format. We welcome you to join us and to make recommendations for topics you’d like to see us feature in the future as our seminar series grows.

Visit our events section to check for upcoming seminars.

Weekly Family Orientation Program

Wednesday’s from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Master Center is offering a FREE Family Orientation every Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 for anyone in the community who would like to learn more about our services. The Orientation will be held in the conference room at the Master Center and will be presented by Dr. James Thompson, the CEO and owner.

Visit our events section to register.