Do I Need Help To Stage An Intervention?

If you fear your friend or loved one has a problem with addiction, they probably do. Especially if they’re demonstrating any of the following red flags:

● They change their behavior and habits without a good reason

● They change their behavior and habits without a good reason

● Their tolerance for the substance of choice builds

● They become slow to respond during a conversation or are increasingly forgetful

● Their appearance, hygiene, and self-care habits fall to the wayside

● They become prone to anger, aggression, or defensiveness

● They begin to have money problems

● They separate themselves from others and start to avoid social events

If your loved one meets more than one of these criteria, then the time to intervene is now. However, it would be best if you did not attempt an intervention alone.

An intervention specialist is vital in ensuring the conversation goes well. They can bridge communication gaps, keep conversations useful, and help to convince the addict to listen.

Having a trained professional around to handle outbursts is exceptionally beneficial, especially if your addicted loved one is prone to violence, mental illness, or has suicidal tendencies. Often, their presence prevents intervention situations from going too far south.

Intervention specialists know addiction and addicts better than you do. They’ll help you prepare and practice what to say – avoiding potential triggers. Interventionists will also help you feel ready mentally and emotionally for all possible scenarios.

You might know and love your addict more than anyone, but that does not mean you have the tools required to convince them to receive the help they so desperately need. They might have kept a traumatic experience hidden from you. You might be unaware of the mental health disorders whose symptoms they’ve kept at bay.

Your earnest, genuine efforts may end up misplaced, causing additional trauma, heartache, or harm. That is why a trained specialist must be present for your addiction intervention.