Successful family interventions require honesty
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 14, 2021
People often call and ask advice on how to handle a loved one with a drinking problem. My suggestion is that they immediately do a family intervention and confront the person with the problem. I’m continually amazed how productive family interventions are when those involved agree to be honest.
Over the years I’ve conducted many interventions. The person who is usually responsible for getting the family together always asks the same question. “What can we expect when we get together?” My answer is always the same. “I really don’t know.”
The intervention is always started with the members holding hands and I pray for the Holy Spirit to take control. He never fails. That doesn’t mean that the person the family’s concerned about will seek help and be delivered from their addiction, but some members will realize and be at peace that they have no control of the situation and will turn it over to God.
I shared that my personal experience is that alcohol is a cunning, baffling and powerful drug. For all the reasons people drink, the results are always just the opposite. Please allow me to share the following:
We drank for happiness and became unhappy.
We drank for joy and became miserable.
We drank for sociability and became argumentative.
We drank for friendship and made enemies.
We drank for sophistication and became obnoxious.
We drank for sleep and awakened without rest.
We drank for strength and felt weak.
We drank “medicinally” and acquired health problems.
We drank for relaxation and got the shakes.
We drank for bravery and became afraid.
We drank for confidence and became doubtful.
We drank for freedom and became slaves.
We drank to make conversation easier and slurred our speech.
We drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell.
We drank to forget and were forever haunted.
We drank to erase problems and saw them multiply.
We drank to cope with life and invited death.
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