Is it time for a Drug Addiction Intervention?

An addiction intervention can be a matter of life or death for a loved one in need of substance recovery treatment. Waiting for the hypothetical “rock bottom” could mean them losing family, job, home or life. Making the decision to step in and hold an intervention is never easy, but with the help of our trained, caring interventionists, it can mean a hopeful new future for the people you love.

People do not have to be using drugs and alcohol every day to be in danger. The whirlwind of addiction often begins slowly, but it is the very nature of the disease of addiction to increasingly, insidiously overtake lives. What begins as “social” using, or a few drinks here and there to escape the stress of daily living may soon blossom into complete physical and mental addiction.  According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, substance abuse interventions enable someone who is struggling to recognize the signs of addiction, take the  necessary steps to address the addiction and get the help they need. Read the checklist below and if you recognize these danger signs of addiction, contact an Above it All intervention specialist to discuss the life-saving treatment options available to save the life of your friend or family member.

Symptoms of Substance Abuse May Include:

  • Deteriorating personal hygiene
  • Decline in physical health
  • Sudden weight change
  • Inability to focus and follow conversation
  • Tremors of hands
  • Slurred speech
  • Car accidents or falls
  • Constant runny nose
  • Personality and behavioral changes
  • Excessive drug prescriptions for self and family
  • Frequent emotional crises
  • Arguments/violent outbursts
  • Extramarital affairs
  • Withdrawal from family and close friends
  • Neglect of children
  • Unexplained absences
  • Embarrassing behavior
  • DUI or other arrests
  • Alcohol on breath
  • Frequent unexplained absences from work
  • Defensive behavior
  • Frequent job changes

If the items on the above checklist are looking all too familiar, don’t despair: there’s help and support waiting here. To learn more about the intervention services offered by Above it All Treatment Centers, don’t wait. It’s not too late to save the life of your loved one – contact us today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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