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When is the right time to have an intervention?

interventionAn intervention is a well-organized process to confront someone in who has issues with drugs and alcohol abuse by enabling them to see how his/her actions are affecting friends, family and the surroundings.

And the process will go through in a non-threatening way which helps the drug abuser to overcome the addiction.

During an intervention, family and friends, often in consultation with a doctor or licensed addiction counselor, will gather together to face the individual. The discussion will include examples of destructive behaviors and the impact these behaviors have had.

It actually is an opportunity for the drug abuser to get help in taking the number one step toward recovery. In this process the affected persons family and friends play a vital role by confronting him/her at the right time. The goal of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen to the facts and opinions shared and to accept help.

Most often families call about an intervention when their adored one’s drug abuse comes to a point where things are gone out of control and the addicted person’s behavior and activities are affecting the family and most importantly themselves on an extensive level. Don’t wait for your loved one to hit rock bottom because by then, it may be too late for the abuser to accept help. 


Ask yourselves the following questions:

  1. Is your adored one’s addiction preventing him or her from being able to support themselves and their family?
  2. Are you or other family members feeling as though you are in danger as a result of the addict’s behavior or drug use?
  3. Is the addict bringing drugs, substance or unsafe people into the home?
  4. Is the addict stealing money or committing crimes in order to endure their addiction?
  5. Are there children involved whose welfare is being impacted as a result of the addiction?
  6. Has the addict begun experiencing health issues as a result of their use?
  7. Is the addicted person displaying violent or erratic behavior?
  8. Are they in immediate danger?
  9. Are they having legal problems as a result of their using?
  10. Do you feel that you must remove the addicted person from the home, or cut off contact with them due to their using and behavior?
  11. Is the addicted person a minor?
  12. Do you feel like the problem needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets worse, and the consequences grow larger?

If most of the answer says YES, there is no time to waste. The Indiana Prevention and Resource Center recommends that family and friends intervene early, helping their addicted loved one before sustained damage occurs due to the addiction. A treatment plan should be in place so the individual can proceed directly to treatment after the invention, if they agree to get help.

Once the intervention has been planned out, settle on a date and time when everyone can be there. Pick a private place where the person feels comfortable, like a loved one’s home. Each person who is to be present at the intervention should understand the gravity of the situation and be sure to arrive at the designated time. Having a no show could end up being disruptive to the intervention.

This may hurt the whole family, and it may seem as if you are all ganging up on the addict, and in a way you are – but it will hurt him less than ending up dead or in serious trouble. 

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