“Does my loved one need an intervention?” It is a question that many families have asked themselves when confronted with the fact that someone they hold dear may be abusing drugs or alcohol.   It is important to gauge whether or not an individual is engaged in substance abuse (or has an addiction to drugs or alcohol) before holding an intervention.   To help, the following information details some of the telltale signs that an individual needs professional help – and could therefore benefit mightily from an intervention.

Signs That a Loved One May Need Drug Rehabilitation Intervention

  • They are spending less time with family and friends.  Addicted individuals will forgo relationships with their loved ones in order to focus on their drug use.  They may begin to hang out with a different crowd of people – ones who are more inclined to use drugs or alcohol.
  • They have unexplained absences.  It is not uncommon for individuals suffering from addiction to disappear for long stretches of time without explanation.
  • They are suddenly having problems at work or school.   Even the brightest minds or hardest workers will see their performance suddenly hit a tailspin as a result of an addiction.
  • They are always asking for money.  Individuals with addiction need money to finance their habit.  They may ask for it out of hand, or even resort to stealing out of purses and wallets.

Tips for Holding a Drug Addiction Intervention

In order to hold an effective an intervention, there needs to be a significant amount of planning and organization.   The following represent a series of expert tips about how to make sure your intervention achieves its goals.

  • Work with a professional.  A professional interventionist can help plan and execute almost every aspect of your intervention.  They know what subjects need to be covered, how to present the information in a non-threatening manner, and how to keep everyone safe during the proceedings.
  • Don’t be confrontational.  Although an intervention is, by nature, a sort of confrontation, that doesn’t mean you should have a tone that is perceived as adversarial.   This is no time to vent about past injustices, but rather focus on the only thing that matters – helping the individual understand that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
  • Be ready to take the next steps.  It is recommended that as soon as an intervention is complete, the individual should be driven right to a pre-selected drug treatment center.   This helps keep the momentum going, and lessens the chance the individual will change her mind about entering treatment, given additional time to think about it.

How to Help After A Drug and Alcohol Rehab Intervention

Once your loved one has entered drug treatment, it is important that you continue to support her.   Visit the facility when allowed, and always take the time to call and tell her you love her.   There may still be difficult times ahead, but there is no underestimating just how much the support of family and friends aids the recovery process.