If you suspect that your loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, it can make you feel helpless. In 2011, there were over 20 million people in the US suffering from some kind of addiction. You are not alone.

You’re not helpless, either. There are a few things you can do to help your loved one struggling with addiction, and most of those things start with an intervention.

But how do you know it’s time to plan an intervention? Keep reading to discover the signs that your loved one needs help and may not see it themselves yet.

Noticeable Health Effects

If you notice that the addicted person is neglecting their health in favor of their addiction, an intervention is probably going to be beneficial. The physical effects of different addictions vary, but for the most part, you should be on the lookout for weight loss, skin lesions, tooth problems, and organ failure.

Regular Family Troubles

Another sign that you may want to plan an intervention is routine issues in the family. It’s normal for family members to get frustrated after a long addiction. And when addicts stop receiving the help they are used to from their family and friends, it’s likely to cause a blow-up.

If these kinds of arguments are commonplace in your loved one’s life, consider an intervention.

Financial Issues

Addiction causes people to hemorrhage money and even those that are very financially well off can have a hard time keeping up. If you notice that your loved one is losing money to their addiction by constantly buying drugs, they have a problem they can’t control.

Run-Ins with the Law

Another sure sign that your loved one is in trouble is if they’ve been arrested for things relating to their addiction. DUIs, possession, and disorderly conduct are not the behaviors of people who are in control of their vices.

Choosing Drugs Over Normal Activities

An addicted person will often start to neglect their regular activities. Family functions, spending time with their friends, and going to work will become less important.

If you notice that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get your addicted loved one out of the house, it’s a wise decision to seek outside help.

Accidents While Impaired

Another sure sign that a loved one has an addiction they can’t control is when frequent accidents happen when they’re impaired. There is never an excuse to drive a vehicle while under the influence.

Refusal to See the Problem

Oftentimes when we are in the deep stages of addiction it can be impossible for us to see the problem for ourselves. This is common and isn’t a sign of willful ignorance, that’s just the sort of damage addiction can do to our brains.

If your loved one refuses to see an issue with their behavior, it’s often just because they cant. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still attempt to help them any way you can.

Plan an Intervention and Save a Life

If you intend to plan an intervention, you need to make sure you know how. But you don’t have to be an experienced interventionist in order to make an intervention work for your loved one. All you need is a plan and all the love and honesty in your heart.

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