Crossing the Line from Drug Abuse to Addiction: When to Speak Up

How do you know when recreational use of drugs has turned into a drug abuse problem? And how can you tell when that problem has grown into an addiction issue that requires treatment?

These are both important issues often heavy on the minds of family members who are considering staging an intervention for a loved one. Many are concerned that:

  • Their loved one’s drug use isn’t serious enough to warrant treatment
  • That their loved one has not yet hit rock bottom and thus may not be ready to benefit from treatment
  • That they may be overreacting to normal drug use

Do you know when your loved one will most benefit from an intervention followed by drug rehab?

The Facts

The fact is that no drug abuse is normal, and it doesn’t take a full-blown addiction for someone to benefit from treatment. A serious drug problem is defined by any drug use that intrudes on the daily life and safety of the addicted person and their loved ones. Problems at work, problems at home, or erratic behavior – any of these classifies as a sign that drug abuse is an issue that should be addressed.

Additionally, it should be noted that the concept of an addicted person hitting rock bottom before being able to benefit from treatment is an outdated notion. Often when someone hits rock bottom, it ends in death. Intervening early can lead to more positive treatment outcomes and help ensure a long life in recovery.

Staging an Intervention

Is it necessary to stage an intervention for your loved one? If a casual conversation or a heartfelt family discussion is enough to convince your loved one that they would benefit from drug rehab, then it may not be necessary to stage an intervention. Interventions are needed when an addicted person:

  • Refuses to acknowledge that they have a problem that requires treatment
  • Agrees to go to drug rehab but never follows through
  • Declares that they are able to quit on their own and attempts to stay sober but routinely relapses
  • Is angry or aggressive whenever anyone broaches the subject of their drug use

Do You Need Assistance?

Staging an intervention isn’t easy. It can be an emotional process for the family members who have struggled so long with their loved one’s addiction. The assistance of a family mediator can make all the difference. They can assist your family from start to finish, answering questions and helping everyone to prepare to take part in the intervention in a positive manner. Need more information? Call now to be matched with a family mediator who can help your family begin the healing process.