It’s a big decision to make.
Yet, for many people, seeking out an intervention specialist is by far the best thing they can do to save the life of their loved one. It can be very scary to make this decision, especially if your loved one has already refused care and is not willing to enter a detox program.
In some situations, the intervention process starts with a simple heart-to-heart discussion. Talk about what is happening and what it is doing to you and your family. Tell your loved one how much it worries you to see them in this position. Offer help. Provide reassurance to them. Let them talk to you about what is happening to them without any judgment. If they still refuse help, it may be time to seek out more support.
How to Know When to Hire an Interventionist
You may believe you can handle it, that you just need to find the right words to say to convince your loved one to stop using. Unfortunately, in most cases of moderate to severe addiction, no amount of persuasion from you will help. That’s because of the changes that addiction creates in the brain. As noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug abuse changes the chemical and physical makeup of the brain. Over time, a person with an addiction cannot just stop using. They physically need the drug to function because their bodies rely on it.
As a result of this, your loved one can no longer make the simple decision to stop using. If you are talking to your loved one and can’t get them to understand what’s happening, that could be a clear indication that you need help.
Here are a few other indications that can tell you it’s time to seek professional help:
- Your loved one is using an increasing amount of the substance
While they may seem able to tolerate a more drugs or alcohol than they used to, your loved one is hurting their body with their increased substance use. The more of the substance your loved one takes, the closer they are to a potential overdose. Take action now.
- Your loved one is no longer mentally sharp
Sometimes a change in mental clarity occurs. This can happen as a result of high amounts of drugs. It can also occur if a person is nearly always drunk. If they make excuses for not accomplishing tasks or consistently fail to act on their promises, they have a problem.
- Your loved one has already overdosed
A person who has overdosed is already using a very high amount of the substance. To maintain that same high feeling, they need to keep up the high intake, making another overdose more likely. Detox or immediate drug and alcohol therapy after an overdose is essential.
Other Signs It’s Time
Look for changes in your loved one. If you feel uneasy about what’s happening, follow your gut instinct to get help. Additional symptoms may include:
- Financial problems that continue to worsen
- Putting themselves or loved ones in dangerous situations
- Enhanced emotions or the inability to control emotional reactions
- Changes in health
- Changes in their physical appearance
A Focused Approach Can Be Beneficial
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs in your loved one, it’s time to put aside your fears and worries. It’s more important to get your loved one help now than to worry about them not liking you or speaking to you. More so, you want to be able to save their life. To do that, you need an intervention specialist.
Interventions provide a structured opportunity for your loved one to be in a safe place while learning about what’s happening to them and to the family. When done with a professional, an intervention is harder for your loved one to blow off or not take seriously. While no one will force your loved to sit through an intervention, the interventionist will encourage your loved one to listen.
In those moments, incredible changes can happen. Your loved one can hear what you are saying and take in the information the professional offers. This can help them to come to the realization that they do need help.
Ready to Seek Out Intervention Help?
If you’re reading this, you already know your loved one needs help. Don’t wait any longer. Get immediate help to protect your loved one. Contact DK Solutions Group now to learn about the addiction intervention and recovery resources we can provide.