During your lifetime, there may be instances when you have to deal with the behaviors or conditions of a family member, as a part of a family unit. You may have to get together with brothers, sisters, parents, or cousins, and collectively talk to someone in your bloodline that isn’t making the best personal decisions.
Five of these situations, in particular, may deal with alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, issues with gambling, succumbing to severe depression, or even dealing with the onset of some sort of mental illness. In all of those cases, family intervention could be what turns the situation around and allows people to recognize and then heal themselves.
If you notice someone in your family struggling with alcohol abuse, there is never a good time to bring it up. You have to approach the topic delicately but forcefully. Alcohol abuse can lead to troubles with relationships, with careers, with money, and with long-term health. If you notice symptoms from someone in your family, the best time to bring it up as a discussion point is now, even if there’s a little bit off initial stress and tension that you have to work your way through.
Another serious topic that may have to be brought to light in a family setting is what to do about domestic abuse. If one of your relatives or family members is in an abusive relationship, be they the abused or the abuser, it’s important to confront it as soon as possible. Beyond family trying to curb the behavior, the next step would be contacting the authorities, and that’s when things can get very complicated.
Issues With Gambling
Another issue that tears families apart is if someone who has access to the entire household’s funds has a gambling addiction. This is one of the quickest ways for an entire family to go bankrupt – if there’s someone who has access to credit cards or bank accounts, and they decide to go on a Vegas-style run and end up going broke and bankrupt.
Sometimes it’s the family members who are the last to note the signs of depression in someone. Because there’s so much familiarity in place, the symptoms may either get covered up by the person feeling depressed, or the family might be so busy or distracted that they don’t notice. But when it’s present, the support of family is often the best way to help someone out of it.
And finally, there’s the issue of mental illness. Especially if this is something that doesn’t show up until later in life, it might be up to the family of a person to notice that something isn’t adding up behaviorally, and some sort of intervention is required to get that person help before something bad happens.