Is It Time for an Intervention?

 In Addiction

Many people today find themselves addicts of drugs and substances and they don’t know how to pull themselves out of it. Sometimes it is not easy to see when a person requires professional help when dealing with addiction; this makes it difficult to know when and how to intervene. An intervention mainly aims to motivate the addict towards the addiction treatment and consequently complete surrender of drugs and whichever substance they are addicted to. An intervention is done when the addict has already gone to rehab and still shows no sign of getting through the withdrawal or when all other efforts by family members and friends have been futile. There four different types of interventions; family system interventions, one-on-one interventions with a loved one, classic interventions, and interventions that are rooted in crisis.

How do you know it’s time for an intervention?

If the addict has developed an increased tolerance for drugs or alcohol, then it is time for an intervention. Such small things as repeated refills of prescription medication, an added bottle of beer in the evening are definite red flags. If the body has developed a tolerance for the substance and it needs a little more dosage than usual to get the same effect, then intervention should be underway.

Addicts who start displaying enhanced emotions are on the verge of a breakdown and require immediate intervention. If the person starts getting easily irritated and angered by small things, or when the person starts getting defensive and enraged when you ask about his whereabouts and what he is up to then it is time for an intervention. Drug addicts are not proud of the addiction and so when you try to imply that they might be still using or sneaking out at odd hours of the night to use then this ultimately sets them off, as an impact of the drugs in their system.

A change in behavior patterns of a person can be a red flag. When you know someone well, you know how they behave, and so it is easy to notice when they start becoming dodgy. If they start going out late at night to nowhere specific or if they start acting suspiciously then you know something is amiss. A change in appearance can also be a clear sign that something is not alright. When the person stops paying much attention to their hygiene when they don’t care much about how they look and what they wear then worried you should be. If every day starts to look like a lazy day to them and they are comfortable being in sweatshirts and pajama bottoms then that’s the sign that something needs to be done, fast.

Financial struggles: Keeping up with an addiction can be quite costly. During the first few days, the impact may not be noticeable because there might be enough cash to spare but when the pocket starts running dry, and the person has no source of income anymore to support the addictions then it is time. After a job loss, the person begins barely getting by; they start getting loans and borrowing money from friends and relatives, the lifestyle changes from a lavish one to a simpler one. If they start pawning their possessions and slowly lowering their lifestyle capabilities, then there is a high chance they are falling into addiction.

Mental fogs: Addicts tend to develop specific behavioral changes that should warrant your attention. They start forgetting things fast and more times than rare they get lost in their thoughts. When conversing with them, they may easily drift away or take a disturbingly long time to come up with a response. At times they isolate themselves from everyone and live a quiet life by themselves. These people stop attending social events, even the ones they are obliged to attend and are mostly unreachable. They know many people will not approve of their habits so rather than face critics, they opt to lock themselves up to where nobody can find them.

It is important to note that it is never too late nor too early to stage an intervention. If the person is still using and is also breathing, then there is not a more appropriate time. The more a person indulges in addiction, the more difficult it becomes to pull them out, but that should not be discouraging at all. If you have the will and the general concern to help a loved one get better then go ahead and do it. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, do not be afraid to reach out. Contact us today to receive more information on how to get help.

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