The Importance of Interventions

importance of interventions

Addiction, for lack of a better phrase, sucks. It can ruin the addict’s life and also deeply affect the lives of their friends and loved ones. Someone’s addiction can even affect their colleagues and other professional relationships. An addict can experience feelings of hopelessness and if you’ve been caught in the crossfires of someone else’s addiction, you probably feel hopeless too. If you currently know someone struggling with addiction and don’t know how to help them, an intervention is the best way to get them initial help. 

What are Interventions?

The first step for an addict to take to get help is admitting they have a problem. Sometimes addicts hit a ‘rock bottom’ and are able to determine on their own they need help. Other times addicts are so consumed by their addiction they don’t even know they need to stop. An intervention is a tool to help an addict realize they need to stop using drugs or alcohol.

An intervention is a formal process conducted by friends and family of an addict, and a trained professional, such as an interventionist. The end goal of an intervention is to motivate the addict to get help. Help for addiction can include going to a residential treatment center or attending 12-step meetings. Types of addictions that can require interventions are alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, eating disorders, and even gambling. An intervention is a non-judgemental, safe, confrontation of an addict’s drug use. 

How Interventions Work and The Importance of Interventions

If you are looking to stage an intervention for someone you know or loved one, Footprints of Serenity is happy to walk you through the process. 

A plan will be put in action for you and whoever is attending the intervention before it actually happens. This plan will include gathering information on your loved one’s addiction and researching the best treatment options for them. It’s our hope that at the end of the intervention, your loved one will accept the help offered to them. 

A date, time, and location will then need to be chosen for the intervention. It’s important to pick a date that you know your loved one will be available for. If your loved one currently sleeps late due to their drug or alcohol abuse, the intervention should take place in the afternoon or evening. You’ll also want the intervention to happen in a safe place. If you know your loved one likes going to their parent or sibling’s house, you can have the intervention there. 

During the actual intervention, you will confront your loved one. The interventionist will kick off the meeting usually by letting your loved one know why you are all gathered together. Every person at the intervention will have a chance to let their loved one know how their addiction has affected them and why they think they need help. It’s imperative to come from a place of love when speaking to the addict. You’ll also want to state-specific consequences that are going to take place if your loved one doesn’t accept treatment. If the addict currently lives with you, maybe you’ll ask them to move out. If you currently employ the addict, you can fire them from their job. Make sure to target specific behaviors and not the actual addict. It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us, especially when we feel hurt, but it’s important to remain calm, and let everyone speak one at a time. 

Benefits of Interventions

  • An intervention will raise awareness to your loved one on how they’re actions while using drugs or alcohol have hurt you 
  • The addict will no longer think their addiction and behavior are a secret
  • The addict will receive the option to get help

It’s common for an addict to not know the extent of their addiction or how to get help. An intervention will let them know that they do indeed need help and it’s out there waiting for them to take advantage of. 

Footprints of Serenity Can Help Intervene

At Footprints of Serenity, we’re dedicated to providing support for you and your loved ones while they battle addiction. We’re here to help you with every step of an intervention. We also offer treatment placement options, recovery coaching, recovery companionship, detox placement, and more.  Contact us today to get help for your loved one! 

5 Signs & Symptoms of Drug Abuse

signs and symptoms of drug abuse

Drug abuse and addiction are some of the biggest challenges facing the modern healthcare system today. Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done in these fields, drug abuse and addiction continue to tear countless families apart. For this reason, it is important for everyone to know the signs of addiction. The earlier that someone can spot the signs that someone is having trouble, the sooner addiction treatment can begin. This can make a tremendous difference in someone’s recovery process. With this goal in mind, there are a few common signs that everyone should remain on the lookout for.

1. Taking a Medication When it is No Longer Needed

The first sign that people need to watch for is someone who continues to take a drug or medication after it is no longer needed. Even though recreational drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, get a lot of attention, some of the most commonly abused medications are actually prescription drugs. These drugs are often prescribed for a short period of time following a surgical procedure or injury for pain control purposes. After someone has healed, he or she may continue to take these medications. This is a sign that addiction is forming. He or she is taking a medication that is not needed because he or she might be addicted to it. Anyone who is engaging in this behavior might be suffering from drug abuse.

2. Physical Sign of Drug Abuse: Development of Tolerance While Taking a Medication

Another common sign of drug abuse is something called tolerance. If someone has developed a tolerance, he or she needs to take more of a substance to experience the same effects. One of the reasons why these medications are so addictive is the effects that they produce. Some medications can cause someone to feel high, which is a feeling of euphoria. This feeling can be addictive. As a result, people will chase it, even if it means taking more of a drug a van was previously needed. Tolerance is one of the marquee sign that someone has developed a problem and drug abuse. Anyone who is taking more and more of a substance to achieve the same effects may have a problem with addiction.

3. Disruption of One’s Personal and Professional Life

Next, those who have developed a problem or drug abuse often disrupt their personal and professional lives in tremendous ways in an effort to obtain more of a substance. This substance becomes their primary focus. People will steal from family members and friends in an effort to get enough money to purchase more of the drug. In addition, people will often skip out on work obligations to acquire more of the addictive substance. This can lead to serious employment problems which only further strain relationships with family members and friends. If drugs rise to the top of someone’s priority list, this is a marquee sign of drug addiction. 

4. Losing Interest in Activities

Those who have developed a drug addiction will also lose interest in the activities that once brought a lot of enjoyment. So of the most common hobbies that people have include music, sports, and hanging out with friends. Those who have developed a problem with addiction more often put all of these to the side and effort to feed their addiction. This can lead to serious mental health problems, including depression, as a result. Anyone who is pushing multiple pleasurable activities to the side may be focusing on drugs and alcohol instead.

5. Feelings of Guilt

Finally, those who have developed a problem with drugs will also have feelings of guilt. While they might not openly admit it, they know that it’s wrong. This is demonstrated in the numerous lies that they tell to cover up their habit. They will hide their drug use and come up with stories about what they’re doing and where they’re going when they go to buy drugs. The tremendous lengths that people go to in order to hide their drug habit demonstrate feelings of guilt. Anyone engaging in this behavior needs help.

Seek Professional Help for Problems with Drug Addiction

Anyone who is showing any of the signs above might be having an issue with drug abuse and addiction. It is possible for someone to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol; however, they need the support of family members, friends, and trained professionals. Footprints of Serenity is a team of drug and alcohol interventionists in Los Angeles. This is a unique, luxury program that combines innovative, modern therapies with tried and true traditional treatment methods. This approach has already helped countless clients overcome substance abuse for good and get their lives back on track. To learn more about Footprints of Serenity, contact us.