Do you have a friend or family member suffering from addiction?
The effects of addiction in its many forms can be far reaching. But taking control of the situation can be difficult to do.
With addiction intervention, timing is key.
If you are ready to take action, follow our simple guide to help you pick your moment for addiction intervention.
Has it become apparent that your loved one is suffering serious financial hardship, is lacking energy or has lost their usual motivation, but offers no explanation for these changes? Addicts may ask to borrow money or steal from family and friends. Their interest in hobbies or their career may diminish.
Physical health problems
Chronic substance abuse can cause health problems and exacerbate existing conditions. In cases of physical deterioration or incidences of acute health issues caused by an overdose, for example, addiction intervention may be required in order to safeguard your loved one’s physical well-being.
Mental health symptoms
The physiological effects of addiction may manifest themselves in symptoms of mental health problems. Exhibiting psyhcological dependence and denial of the problem are common indicators of a mental health problem.
Threat to life
Over 50% of suicides are related to drugs and alcohol. Any evidence of suicidal thoughts should be treated seriously and call for immediate action. But it is also important to monitor any loss to the addict’s quality of life and treat this in the same way.
Addiction can cause sufferers to act irrationally, leading them to take extreme action in order to satisfy their addiction. If your loved one is found to be engaging in criminal behavior while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or due to addiction-driven behavior, intervention may be necessary to avoid criminal charges.
Aggressive Behavior and Harm to others
Studies have shown that addiction can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior. It is common for addicts to exhibit aggression during withdrawal from or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There is an increased risk of others coming to physical harm through drunk driving, an incident of domestic abuse, or physical and sexual assault.
You’ve reached the end of your tether
Do you feel you are no longer able to cope? Is your loved one’s addictive behavior beginning to have a detrimental effect on other members of your family or your friends?
If your loved one’s behavior shows no signs of improving and you feel unable to cope, or someone else close to you is suffering from mental health problems as a result, an addiction intervention is required for both the addict and those around them.
Is it time for you to instigate change?
Identify a time when the person is least likely to be under the influence or drugs or alcohol to hold your addiction intervention. Choose a comfortable environment. If it’s an option you are considering, wait until you have secured a place for your loved one in a certified rehabilitation program.
Contact us today to find out how we can provide help and support to individuals and their families who are suffering the effects of addiction.