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The First Step in Saving an Addict’s Life is an Intervention

Drugs and alcohol are both addictions for millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, these addictions can kill the people they affect. Family members and friends do not want to hear the news of a loved one passing away due to these damaging addictions. Although many individuals will attempt to help a loved one who has addictions, an intervention may be too late. Many will not see the signs of a loved one’s addiction early enough or will try and fail to intervene. However, if loved ones knew and understood the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction, they could get the addict the help they so desperately need.

The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recently reported that men are the most typical users to lose their life due to a drug or alcohol addiction. Although many people believe that young adults are the most typical users, this is not the case either. The most common age group of addicts who overdose are between the ages of 45 and 54. For loved ones who have family members or close friends in this age group or outside the normal range, understanding the signs and symptoms of a drug and alcohol addiction is imperative.

Denial is Part of the Problem

Denial is one of the most common ailments that addicts and their family or friends have to deal with. Most addicts do not actually believe they have a problem. They may attempt to live a normal lifestyle with work, school, and family life but are dealing with their cravings and making plans to find their next fix all throughout their days. They may surround themselves with others who enjoy the same type of drug to ensure they can easily use when they prefer to. Thankfully, loved ones who feel they are dealing with an addict that they are close to can learn the signs and symptoms:

There are many physical signs of drug abuse including:

  • Bloodshot eyes and large pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or sudden weight gain
  • Unappealing odors from the user’s breath, clothing, body, or home
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Coordination issues
  • Possible seizures

Of course, a drug addict’s behavior will also show signs and symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inability to be present even in essential functions
  • Constant financial issues and possible signs of crime
  • Many personality changes
  • Mood swings, outbursts, anger issues
  • Lack of motivation

Although these signs and symptoms of drug abuse may be seen in many people, including non-addicts, alcohol abuse is much easier to diagnose. Alcoholics may also deny their problem, and many will not ask for help until they have pushed their family and friends away. Most alcoholics will reach their rock bottom after they have lost spouses, children, jobs, and homes. However, understand the physical and emotional signs of alcohol abuse can help loved ones in tremendous ways.

Physical and Behavioral Signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Dysthymia
  • Increased consumption of alcohol
  • Coordination issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Drinking alone
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Planning an Intervention

Planning an intervention does not have to be challenging. Friends, family members, and coworkers can help their loved one receive help by making sure they understand how their problem affects others. However, the intervention should offer the addict a peaceful environment, so they do not feel threatened or “bullied.”

First, it is smart to determine who will be present during the intervention and why. Close family, wife or husband, and close friends are all important people during the intervention, but the actual persons will all depend on relationships that addict has with others.

Professional Advice is Recommended

It is wise to contact a drug rehabilitation facility for the organization and management of the intervention. The staff can offer experience, knowledge, and actual treatment which will be made available to the addict during the intervention.

It is important for the family and friends to keep an open mind during the intervention and not force the addict to leave or become angry. Loved ones should ask the addicts questions, allow them to speak and share their feelings, and create a calm, relaxed, but serious tone in the space during the intervention.  Moral and emotional support is imperative during the intervention, also. The treatment process will be painful both physically and emotionally for the addict, and loved ones must be ready for this.

Regret is a part of many people’s lives. However, loved ones do not have to live with a feeling of regret by not intervening in the life of the addict. If a person feels the addict’s problems are not their business, they will most likely end up living with regret. Fortunately, the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center can help loved ones find help when intervening in an addict’s life.


  • Rj

    I really find this article very usefull, full of data on how an actual rehab center works and how the program is. There is so much choise for those who go to the Best drug rehab, I am sure everyone can find the right program for themselves. I really love this plan and the program that is provided at best drug rehab center. I think it is very awesome that each addict can get a personalised program and they sit down with everyone who goes through their program and they really take very good care. The fact that they learn so many life skills, it is really awesome, I think that is a very important factor to look at when you are chosing a rehab center. Best Drug rehab is just top, even money management and parenting and to help with the GED! That is so great, also the way the entire program is laid out, like they help to find the cause and the triggers, so in the future the person can identify them and not use again, the group mertings are very good too. Exercise too, that i think is key in recovering the bidy after all the harmful substances. And the spiritual part just an super extra, not to mention the music therapy! I find that anger management is also a very key and important point, good that they even deal with this at this facility. The program that is provided at this rehab center is one of the best and as I know of one of the only once that has such a high rate of graduates who actually do not return to drugs or alcohol after they leave the center. That is cause they are thorough and also follow up after they leave the center. Those who leave this center and succesfully complete the entire program, must be ready to come back ro real life amd have a great life again. Very nice!

  • Walter McCormick

    I think that this is something that is very important to understand. Often times, there can be a HUGE problem sitting there like an elephant in the room. It can be difficult to comprehend how people can miss this, but I think that this article hit the nail on the head that denial is the first step to overcome when you are looking at someone who is an addict. I recently saw an instance of this in someone that I really care for. They could not face up to the fact that their child lied to them and was not going to change the fact that they were addicted to drugs. They had all of the warning signs, but they did not catch it or admit that there was a problem. Then it was not until it was almost too late that they woke up to the fact that the son had been lying and stealing from him in order to get the drugs. This was something that was a rude awakening. It was difficult to see him struggle with this, when in fact it was right in front of him for a while, he just refused to see it.
    The first step of this is to notice the fact that there is a problem and then from there you can begin to handle it. Also, knowing what to look for can be difficult because when we look at someone it is not the actual behavior of the person that we are looking at, when if we were to be looking at someone or some situation outside of ourselves it would be way more simple to spot and handle. This is a trait that I do not think is uncommon when we are dealing with someone who has an addiction to some substance. The list of things here in this article are very evident and are something that anyone should look for. The next step is to take the next action and get to the bottom of the problem. This can be in the form of a formal intervention or just simply getting the person and sitting them down so that you can get them to see that what they are doing is going to destroy them and it will do nothing but lead them down a road that they will not be able to recover from. This is something that more people need to do, as there are oftentimes not an easy way to get in front of them. It also usually takes some self control and letting the person hit the ro bottom where they will wake up to see that the are doing things that will end up with them losing their lives. It is vital that if you know someone who is in this position that you step up and get them the help that they will need in order to kick the addiction.
    I know also that this is not just in the form of drugs or alcohol, a lot of these can also be with habits and lead to nothing but trouble. There are always the tell tale signs that you will see before you will admit that there is something there to address, and the important thing is to remember that you always have the options there to get the people help so that they do not end up overdosing.

    The statistics on this are appalling and should be eye opening to anyone that has ever had any experience with something like this.

  • Walter McCormick

    Intervening into the habits of a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is very important. It can be a very intimidating thing to do, but it is very vital to step in if there is someone that you know who is addicted to these substances. I think that one of the main reasons people have a hard time doing this is the fact that they do not want the person to be mad at them. This is something that I feel is linked to a lot of ideas that people are told as children and they unwittingly adopt them throughout their entire life, such as minding their own business or not jumping into the middle of someone elses problem. A point that is shocking are the fact of the numbers of people who are addicted and who OD when they are in their 40’s. I guess I do not or have not ever thought that this was a prime demographic of people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Of course, the fact that alcohol is legal it is easier to see that this is something that could have a problem. I also feel that there is a very large number of people that actually have a HUGE problem with alcohol but they do not admit it as it is such a socially acceptable thing to drink a lot and often. This is an area that does need to be addressed in our society as it can literally tear a family apart. I have known many people and seen many others who were abusing alcohol and thought nothing of it as it is normal for people to drink that much. I would say that following the advices in this article will go a long way in handling the situation of having a loved one that is struggling with taking drugs or too much alcohol. The signs that are mentioned are very evident as an indication of having a problem and it is important to find a place where they can go to an inpatient drug rehab facility where they can be cared for the way that it will take for them to get off of the drugs.

  • Ash b

    This is a great article,mreally good info on the signs and symptoms to look for with deug addicts and alcohol abuse, but in most of the cases it is so easy to realize when one is om drugs, it just changes people so much. It is great to hear that there is help available if the family is not enaugh to intervene, and that they can get help from professionals. It is very hard on the family to have someone on drugs, so it is better to be sure to ask for help, if tzey are unsure of how to handle the addictk in a way that he goes to rehab.

  • carcol

    Intervention sounds like such a forceful thing to do to someone but after reading this article I can totally see why you would have to do this sometimes if you really care about the person and really want to see them get help. Doing the intervention the way it talks about in this article does not seem harsh or invasive. Also making sure that you don’t try to do it alone. That you have others to help you and work out how you will do this and what you will say, etc. Also having the facility picked out and being ready to take the person there right away is so smart. I really liked this article.

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