Is It Time for a Family Intervention? Part 2

Often, a drug intervention marks a definitive step in getting a person struggling with addiction into treatment. Is it time for you to speak with an intervention specialist? Read on for more tell-tale signs that you’ve put it off long enough, and the time is right to get your loved one the help that they need.

When addiction escalates, addicts will try to hide their use in any way possible. Alcoholics will arrive at family gatherings and events already drunk, in order to not appear to drink excessively. People who are addicted to opiates will store their pills in non-prescription bottles, such as aspirin containers, so that those around them won’t suspect that they’re using. If you’ve noticed subversive behavior, it’s time to break the cycle of denial. A family intervention is often the first time an addict is forced to admit that others have seen through their ruses.

Blackouts are common among heavy substance abusers and a sign of a serious problem. If you notice a loved one frequently “forgetting” actions or conversations, chances are the addiction has progressed to a dangerous level, and treatment is crucial.

Addicts often have unexplained money problems. Although they may be manipulating the people around them into financing their drug or alcohol use, eventually the cost of substance abuse will lead to financial problems.  If you or family members have been enabling the addict through providing money, an intervention is the time you’ll let them know that the supply has run dry.

Have you noticed that your loved one has been experiencing an unusually high number of accidents and injuries? How about DUIs? Casual drinkers often correct their behavior after one mistake. If you know someone with multiple DUI’s, that simply means they are unable to stop themselves from drinking. An alcohol intervention may stop them from harming themselves, or others.

As addiction progresses, formerly friendly and sweet people begin to exhibit irrational behavior and dramatic mood swings. Often overreacting, especially if anyone mentions their drinking or drug use, their emotional states are erratic and unpredictable. Often mood is related to how long ago they last used, what they used or if they are suffering from a hangover. Withdrawal symptoms aren’t pretty and are often only safely managed with 24 hour medical supervision. It hurts to see someone we love ride these emotional roller coasters – as difficult as an addiction intervention may be, it is could be the first step to a happy new life for someone you care for.

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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