When Should I Hold a Drug Intervention for My Child?
Someone experiencing substance abuse often doesnâ€™t realize they have an addiction or how impactful the effects are on themselves and their friends and family. In fact, of the nearly 21 million Americans who have at least one addiction, only 10% receive treatment. An intervention provides a focused approach to discussing the situation openly and can be the first step on the road to recovery. Learn the signs so you know when to hold a drug intervention for your child.
What Exactly Is a Drug Intervention?
Risk factors like trauma, early childhood use, and adverse childhood experiences can all lead to a substance abuse addiction for your child down the road. A drug intervention is an opportunity for friends and family to gather with someone dealing with substance abuse addiction and have an open discussion about their concerns for the personâ€™s health and safety. While there is insufficient evidence to prove their efficacy, interventions can be a powerful way to transition people quickly and safely to treatment, thus beginning their road to recovery. A drug intervention:
- Allows the person to realize the threat their substance abuse has become
- Alerts the person of their medical disorder
- Offers instant treatment as an option
- Outlines the changes in their home and work life should they refuse to seek help
A drug intervention can help a person get past their denial and take steps to improve their situation before their situation escalates.
5 Signs Indicating When to Hold a Drug Intervention
A person can hide a substance abuse addiction for a while before it becomes apparent to outsiders that thereâ€™s a problem. Youâ€™ll know itâ€™s time to hold a drug intervention for your child when you see any of the following five signs.
If you see your child struggling with their work, their relationships, and their health but they refuse to acknowledge the issue, it may be time to schedule an intervention. People suffering from addiction often feel they are in control when in actuality theyâ€™ve lost the willpower to effectively manage their addiction. Despite what they tell you, they are not fine and they need help realizing the far-reaching impact of their addiction.
2. Refusal of Treatment
Perhaps youâ€™ve already offered treatment options to help your child on the road to recovery, but theyâ€™ve refused help. Maybe they realize thereâ€™s a problem and simply donâ€™t want to take the next step, or maybe they donâ€™t see their addiction as a serious problem. Either way, if they continually reject opportunities to overcome their addiction, intervention can be the catalyst that encourages them to finally take the next steps toward a healthier life.
3. Dangerous Behavior
When someone experiencing substance abuse addiction begins taking risks and exhibiting dangerous behavior, intervention may be the next step. Destructive behavior that endangers themselves and others, like driving under the influence or overdosing on drugs, can have serious (and often fatal) consequences. An intervention can help them realize the significance of their actions and show them people care about their health and safety.
4. Lies and Deceit
Addiction is a powerful illness that can impair judgment and affect decision-making. People with a substance abuse addiction become focused on obtaining more drugs. Theyâ€™ll often do anything they can to continue their habit, from hiding and stealing to cheating and lying. This kind of behavior is a strong indicator that your child is no longer able to control their drug use. An intervention can help them break free of this controlling desire and get the help they need.
5. Constant Health Issues
Drug use has lasting effects on the human body, from organ damage and hair loss to tooth decay and brain activity. When your loved one has continual health issues signaling a gradual decline due to drug use, itâ€™s time to intervene. A person faced with their mortality often realizes the significance of their addiction and accepts an opportunity to seek help.
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Author – Chris Howard
Chris Howard is the Founder and Director of Ethos Recovery. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and has served as a community advocate/mentor for men and women in recovery since 2010.