6 Sure Signs It Is Time for an Intervention
It’s hard to watch a once healthy, functioning loved one succumb to an addiction. You first notice very subtle changes. Then, as they become more addicted, you watch the person you knew fade away.
Benzodiazepines were involved in 11,537 deaths in 2017, a great number of which involved an opioid/benzodiazepine combination. Drug overdose deaths involving heroin use rose from 1,960 to 15,482 in the 18 years leading up to 2017. Drug overdose deaths from all drugs rose from 16,849 to 70,237 in the same time period. No one wants their loved one becoming one of these statistics in their battle with drugs.
If you have a loved one with an addiction to drugs (and/or alcohol), you may be wondering if it is too late to help them. It is not too late to help them until they have become a drug-related death statistic. Meanwhile, know that overdose deaths are not the only fear. Addiction harms the user, their family and friends, and sometimes, even complete strangers. You may also be asking yourself:
How Can I Know When It Is Time for an Intervention?
There comes a point in the process of addiction (and it is a process) when enough is enough. The chances of your loved one making a decision to find themselves again are nil. Then is surely the time for treatment. It is time for an intervention. How can you know when your loved one has reached this point? Here are 6 signs that it is time for an intervention.
Finances Become a Problem
Unless they are selling drugs, as well as taking them, addiction can be quite expensive. While, at first, drug dealers often give drugs out free of charge. This is only to get their “clients” hooked on their drug of choice. Then, they begin charging the going price for the drug. Soon, your loved one is having money problems. Addicts tend to choose their drugs over most everything else. Many choose drugs as opposed to feeding their children or paying rent.
Behavior Becomes Suspicious
When a loved one is addicted, they stay high as often as possible. When they come around their family and friends, their behavior is notably suspicious. They tend to avoid direct contact with the people who know them best. They will come in and go straight to their rooms. They will avoid looking you directly in the eye. Also, they can be emotional roller-coasters, crying one minute and laughing the next. They will isolate themselves. Also, a loved one who is addicted won’t be as alert, as sharp, as usual. They will forget what they are saying, even break off in the middle of one conversation and drift off into another.
Health Becomes Affected
As other things change for your loved one, the drugs can begin to affect their health. Alcohol can cause cirrhoses of the liver. Methamphetamine use can cause erosion of tissue in the nose and breakdown of teeth. Intravenous drug users may contract Hepatitis C or HIV. Doing drugs always has a price, and one’s health is often part of that price.
Job/School Become Lower Priorities
To reiterate, addicts most always put their drugs before anything else. They put everything else lower on the priority list. This becomes a problem when your loved one skips exams and stops turning in homework on time. They will often flunk out of school or college. By the same token, they may start doing poor work and missing work. Addicts often lose their jobs.
Legal Issues Become Apparent
All manner of legal issues can plague an addict. They may get caught driving drunk. They may get charged with possession of their drug of choice. If they possess enough of the drug or if they are selling to support their habit and get caught in the act, they may even be charged as a drug dealer.
Safety Becomes an Issue
As an addict, your loved one will see things less and less clearly. When this happens, their safety and the safety of others can become an issue. Again, they may drive drunk, or they may rage, like on methamphetamine, and physically hurt someone.
How Do I Go About Staging an Intervention?
When you see that it is time for an intervention for your loved one, you may be wondering how to go about it. First, contact an interventionist for help. Then, when it’s time for treatment, our caring professionals here at North Hills Addiction Treatment Center in North Hills, California will be here for you. We offer detox, residential inpatient, partial day, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care. Contact us to help you help your loved one.