Is it Time for a Family Intervention? Part 1

Does a person you know and love need a family intervention? Usually a last resort to encourage an addict to get the treatment they need, interventions are most effective when guided by a professional intervention specialist.

One warning sign of advanced addiction is when the addict begins to isolate him or herself. If you notice that the substance abuser now refuses to participate in activities they used to love, this could mean that the addiction is progressing. Often, addicts narrow their experiences to only include other addicts, or they prefer to be alone in order to focus 100% of their time on getting high. Getting friends and family in the same room during a drug intervention is a high-impact way to break through the user’s self-imposed exile.

Another key factor which often influences families to seek drug intervention programs is when the addict’s tolerance has built up to the point that the addict is consuming potentially lethal quantities of a substance. If you’re noticing escalating use which you feel may result in the user’s death, an intervention is critical.

Have you noticed that the person using drugs or alcohol is exhibiting mental health issues? As addiction deepens, mental health issues often develop or previous minor issues get worse. Depression, panic attacks, phobias and paranoid behavior can all be indicators of drug or alcohol dependency. Often, people begin using substances in order to self-medicate for emotional or psychological issues, but addiction only makes root problems worse.

Most alcoholics and drug users expend a great deal of energy trying t fool the people around them that they don’t have a problem, so if you notice sudden changes in the addict’s appearance, this is a giant red flag. As the need to obtain the user’s substance of choice overtakes all other concerns, personal appearance will deteriorate. Disheveled appearance generally does not occur in the early stages of addiction. It’s time for a drug addiction intervention.

These are just a few general warning signs. The fact is, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will deny they have a problem, and will do everything they can to remain in denial – even if the only person they fool is themselves. If your family and friends have reached the conclusion that it’s time to take direct action and get a loved one to recognize the true scope of their problem and enter treatment, it may be time to learn more about drug intervention programs.

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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