An addiction to alcohol and drugs can be devastating for friends and families. They can struggle with the huge impact that an addicts behaviour can have and they can try to manage for prolonged periods of time which can often be for many years.

Encouraging a loved one to seek help for drug or alcohol addiction can be difficult, it may be hard for them to recognise they have an addition. At Ocean Recovery Centre we provide a drug and alcohol intervention service. We ensure each family member is also provided the support they need to repair relationships and work together to beat the drug or alcohol addiction.

Our intervention service is devised to encourage communication between the client and family members.  Our intervention specialist will also help your loved one to break their denial and admit they have an addiction. Don’t wait until you can’t manage, seek help for your friend or family member as soon as you realise there may be a problem.

Family Addiction Intervention Service

Over many years, Ocean Recovery Centre has treated many thousands of clients with drug and alcohol addictions. In association with this, we have supported husbands, wives, partners, parents, siblings, grandparents and friends.

At Ocean Recovery Centre, we understand that behind the addiction suffer is a friend or family member who also find themselves struggling with the impact that a drug or alcohol dependency can have.

During the battle with addiction and its detrimental effects, relationships can be left in ruins. To help achieve a full and lasting recovery for our clients, we believe it is essential that we support their network of friends and family by providing them with the help and guidance they need to support their loved one during the rehabilitation process and beyond.

We offer FREE access to telephone support for any friends or relations before, during and after the drug and alcohol rehab treatment programme. For most people, this is enough and can dramatically help during difficult times. Others, the effects of the addiction are deep and repairing friend and family relationships may require a more intense family intervention.

We understand that families often struggle to find the right words; worry that they are making things worse; or have lived many years of turmoil, lack of trust and are genuinely worried about their loved ones. We are here to help! For many families or loved ones, they simply want their own support, to be heard, understood and to feel part of the journey; learning how to cope with and support the new journey to recovery.

This new way of life is a difficult journey for everyone, and we are committed to ensuring that our focus remains on:

  • Helping each family member to repair the damage that a drug and/or alcohol addiction has caused.
  • Ensuring everyone develops the tools and understanding that will help you rebuild your lives and make useful changes!
  • Providing families and loved ones with their own space and time (in their own right) to talk through the difficulties, emotions, fears and understanding.
  • Helping you find new ways to cope, learn new skills and rebuild your family’s future.

Our Family Intervention Service has one simple aim:

To provide every family with their own space and support to repair the damage caused by addiction

We repair this damage in a number of ways. We can provide you with private one on one sessions where you can share your concerns and fears.

We can help you gain a better understanding of addiction and the effects it will have had on your loved one. Additionally, we can help you explore difficult feelings, thoughts and emotions; giving you the space and time to talk and be heard in your own right and helping you develop the strength and skills to move forward.

Supporting the whole family is a key element, so we look at how you all work together, communicate with each other and support each other. Providing you with the resources and materials to learn how to support someone and each other throughout your loved one’s recovery. Helping you to find new ways of building relationships with those closest to you and support you all to secure a happy, family life again.

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There is no ‘quick fix’ and take time to fully resolve; there maybe set backs along the way but dedication from both your loved one suffering with addiction and friends and family is essential for complete recovery.

Treating addiction is a hard job, for the client and loved ones, be it can be made even harder if we cannot support their friends and family support network. Family members can feel isolated as they battle with the behaviour and addiction of their loved one.

People close to someone suffering from addiction can experience feelings of shame and guilt, often creating reasons to share the blame for the addiction. The causes of addiction are different with every client and often the reasons behind the addiction are complex.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of addictions can vary from person to person. These can also depend on the type of addiction that you or your loved one is suffering from.

Addiction is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviours. Being able to recognize these signs can help a person with addiction receive the treatment they need. Someone with an addiction will crave a substance or other behavioural habits. They’ll often ignore other areas of life to fulfil or support their desires.

Below are a few factors which contribute towards noticing signs of an addiction:

Behavioural Signs of Addiction

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Legal problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial problems
  • Losing job (look up your rights in terms of whether it is illegal to fire a drug addict)
  • Conversations dominated by using or drug/alcohol related topics

Physical Signs of Addiction

  • Dilated pupils, red eyes
  • Looking pale or undernourished
  • Clothes do not fit the same
  • Weight loss
  • Change in eating habits
  • Lack of personal hygiene

Emotional Signs of Addiction

  • Argumentative
  • Defensiveness
  • Inability to deal with stress
  • Confused easily
  • Denial
  • Blaming – Placing the blame for the behaviour on someone else
  • Diversion – Changing the subject to avoid discussing the topic

The First Steps

The first step towards becoming drug and alcohol free, is detoxing. Upon successful completion of the detox stage you will be moved onto the next phase of rehab. This will be more focused towards healing the mind. There are a range of rehabilitation plans available and will choose one which best suits your needs.

However, your journey doesn’t end there. We offer 12 months of free aftercare programme to those who complete their programme. We make sure to put together an aftercare plan which best suit you, ensuring you are well looked after and feel confident returning back to day to day life.

If you’d like to find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today.

Where Do These Sessions Take Place?

Centre Based: Most of our clients enjoy holding these sessions in the privacy and comfort of one of our private residential treatment centres. These sessions can take place in any of our UK facilities nearest to your own area. These sessions can take place during your family visits should your loved one join our residential rehabilitation facility.

Home Based: Some clients prefer to hold their sessions in their own home, which can be arranged and enable you and your family to make the most of your support sessions in your own surroundings. This home environment may also make you feel more comfortable and more likely to open up about the particularly personal elements of your loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

We understand that every family is unique and for some, a short number of sessions may be just what they need to help them during the early days. However, for some families, the years of hurt, distrust, damage and fear are not easily repaired in a short amount of time. Choosing a longer package of support increases the likelihood of real family success and may be just what you need to rebuild your relationships.

As a minimum, our Standard Starter Package of 4 Weeks is available for any family ready to access our support. This enables our Family Intervention Worker to work closely with you each week and develop a plan that is as unique as you are, start to explore your fears, hurt and concern and then start to rebuild your lives.

During the first four weeks, you can discuss your next steps, review your progress and then choose exactly how many more sessions you will need to secure great family relationships.

With your Family Intervention Worker, you will also be able to discuss the treatment and therapies your loved one will experience during a residential rehabilitation experience because knowing what process they are following will also help you to connect with them and support them even further.

This is flexible and you can simply buy additional sessions per week (or more) until you are all ready to move forward together without our help.

How Do I Access This Support?

At Ocean Recovery we are here to help ensure that these feelings are not experienced and we work closely with friends and family during the whole treatment process, including when the client enters our aftercare treatment programme.

Here at our centre, we provide a range of Friends and Family Intervention Services. These are a great way to assist families in developing the skills needed to support a loved one when the return.

Our experienced team are available 7 days a week to talk and provide you, as the family member or friend, with as much guidance and information that you need.

The admission is only the start of the recovery journey at Ocean Recovery Centre. Throughout the stay at our clinic, staff will provide you with regular updates and feedback (if authorised) via the phone and offer any support regarding any concerns you may have.

Our admissions team will:

  • Understand your concerns and discuss our treatment programmes
  • Help select the right clinic location within our group of centres
  • Discuss your financial budget and our affordable programmes
  • Provide guidance on how to manage addiction and associated behaviour
  • Answer all of your questions about the treatment and recovery
  • Provide telephone support before, during and after the addiction treatment
  • Explore the enhanced Family Intervention Services with you so you can support your loved one.

Any family member or professional, such as your doctor, can make a drug rehab or alcohol rehab referral. You just need their consent and we will help you with the rest.

Get in touch with us today or visit on of our centres.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What are the earliest Signs of Addiction?

Overall, you need to pay attention to the quantity of the substance someone is using. Using the substance in larger and larger amounts should be a red flag to the person that they may be on the path to addiction. However, this all depends on what substance is being abused.

How to Spot the Early Warning Signs of Addiction.

There are a few signs which contribute towards spotting the early signs of addiction including neglecting responsibilities, change in overall mood, increased use of drug or alcohol use, drinking alone or drinking on a regular basis out of boredom.

How to help someone with an Addiction?

When approaching the topic of a drug or alcohol addiction with a loved one, make sure not to sound condescending or judgemental. Offer your support and in serious cases, make a referral or enquiry about the matter as soon as possible.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: December 22, 2023

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Adel Ghaly

    Dr Adel Ghaly - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: December 22, 2023

    MB BCh, Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) from 2002

    Dr Adel Ghaly is a registered Doctor who is a specialist psychiatrist. Dr Ghaly gained an MB BCh in 1982 from Assiut University and has since become a substance misuse specialist and psychiatrist. After gaining his qualification in Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) in 2002, Dr Ghaly has worked in hospitals and as a specialist trainer recognised by the GMC.