When a friend or family member has a behavioral health disorder or a dependency on a controlled substance, he or she may never actively seek treatment for the addiction or condition. This can be attributed to a number of factors.
A loved one is in need of an intervention if they:
Don’t recognize they have a problem requiring treatment or rehabilitation.
Are uninformed about how their condition can be detrimental to their overall health.
Fail to understand how it negatively affects their relationships with friends and family.
Feel they are not capable of receiving successful treatment for their addiction or mental illness.
Holding a drug or alcohol intervention can be an eye opening experience and bring to light the depths of one's problem. Done correctly, an intervention can persuade one to seek treatment.
There’s a fine line of when use becomes abuse and areas of gray when it comes to needing treatment for a mental health issue. As a caring friend or family member, it’s vital that you learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a potential problem before it gets out of hand.
Drug Addiction Signs
Every type of drug addiction displays its own unique signs and symptoms but most share some of the following:
When You Find Drug Paraphernalia
A Change in Acquaintances
Displaying Behaviors out the Norm
A Deteriorating Appearance
A Change in their Outlook in Life
Behavioral problems can be classified as any process addiction that affects one’s daily life or the lives of those around them. To name just a few, these can include:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Mental health related issues are often associated with a co-occurring substance abuse problem. Several disorders that might require an interventionist include:
Post Traumatic Stress
Anxiety and Panic
Attention Deficit Disorder
If you observe any signs of addiction or symptoms of mental illness in a loved one, it’s never too early to reach out to them through an intervention - and rarely is it ever too late either.
An intervention is much more than just sitting down as a group to confront an addict; it requires a strategy and a plan of action in order for it to be successful. The right intervention technique will depend on the individual addict’s personality and current situation. Consider what method might work best for your loved one:
Give them the tough love approach by threatening to cut them off financially or seeking legal action against them.
Try the "love first" method to show the addict how much you care by reading personal letters to him or her.
Use a model that keeps things positive and provides the addict with options in the way of his or her treatment.
Planning is the key to any successful intervention, so it’s important to understand exactly what each model involves and how it would go over for all the parties involved.