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How Do You Know If An Intervention Is The Next Step?

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The decision to stage an intervention is tough. Not only are you dealing with a person who’s in some form of denial, you’re dealing with a person who’s at the point of almost breaking. And while they may know that they’re hurting themselves, they probably aren’t aware of just how bad the damage they’re inflicting is. An intervention is therefore needed to help them realize what only those on the outside are seeing.

The goal is to get them to acknowledge that a problem exists and to show them that there’s a support group that’s willing to back them up as they begin the road to recovery. But before you stage an intervention, how do you know it’s the right next step?

Interventions can often times occur when the concerning behavior of the addicted culminates, perhaps after a time when all other solutions have been exhausted. Whether it’s alcohol or drug addiction, the following behaviors may signal that it’s time to consider staging one:

  • Deceptive behavior
  • Deteriorating appearance
  • Acting confused/forgetful
  • Letting things slide
  • Self-isolation
  • Acting frustrated
  • Acting depressed
  • Unexplained issues with money

So how do you plan for one? You may find the following guidelines useful:

Step 1: Carefully consult with other friends/family members: In other words, is there a consensus among loved ones that a problem does indeed exist?

Step 2: Ready a list of concerning behaviors and be ready to explain how it’s not just hurting the addicted, but those who care about the addicted. Also be ready to explain what consequences could occur should the addicted not choose to get help.

Step 3: Consult with a professional and develop a plan of action the addicted person can opt into.

Step 4: Plan how/where to carry out the intervention.

Interventions can often times represent the first significant step in the road to recovery and are intended throw the person a lifeline when they’re in the most urgent of situations. To learn more about this important part of the recovery process, check out our intervention webpage.

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