How do I know if an addiction intervention is needed?
- Are you worried about someone else’s drinking or drug use?
- Have you noticed a personality change in someone you care about?
- Do you have an employee or business partner who is not showing up for work, or whose work quality is suffering?
- Have you mentioned your concerns and been ignored or met with defensiveness, anger, or blaming?
An addiction intervention can help you to get help for the person in your life who is struggling.
A Substance Use Disorder may be present if the person you care about:
- Can’t control their using, even though it’s causing problems
- Has personal, social, financial, or professional difficulties as a result of their using
- Drops friend’s activities that used to bring them joy or satisfaction in order to use instead
- Keeps using even after being hospitalized for a substance-related health issue or emergency
- Disregards their own safety and the safety of others
- Neglects people who depend on them — especially children — or puts them at risk
- Neglects their own hygiene or living conditions
- Isolates — “holes up” and refuses to talk to anyone
- Mentions or attempts suicide
So, now I know that substance use is an issue. How do I know if the person I care about needs an intervention?
An addiction intervention may be warranted if they:
- Can’t see that it’s their using that’s causing these difficulties
- Continue to deny that their using is a problem
- Dismiss or ignore friends’ and family members’ concerns, feelings, and opinions about their using
- Refuse all offers of help
If the person you care about — a family member, employee, business partner, or friend — meets the above criteria (more detail here), an intervention may help.
Interventions are often portrayed in popular media as a confrontational ambush. You may be afraid that the person you care about will refuse the help, will be angry with you, or will even cut you off. TouchStone leads addiction interventions that are gentle and loving — and effective.