Is it Time for an Intervention?


Dealing with an opioid addiction can be extremely difficult. Every year, thousands of drug and opioid addicts and their families struggle to find an alternative to ending addiction’s vicious cycle. An option that can help families tackle the situation directly is by holding an intervention with their loved one. Here are some tips on whether your loved one is ready, and if so, how to prepare for a successful intervention.

When is the best time for an Intervention?

The best time for intervention cannot be clocked with mathematical precision. Interventions can and have worked at what would be considered both the early and final stages of addiction. Looking for visible signs of drug dependency can help you determine if it is time for an intervention.

Some of the symptoms that a loved one is struggling with addiction include:

  • Blood-shot eyes
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of interest in participating in regular activities
  • Skipping classes or work
  • Erratic or compulsive behavior
  • Obvious changes in weight
  • Increased tolerance to a drug
  • Sudden and serious money troubles
  • Sudden or serious legal troubles
  • Lying to friends or family about their whereabouts
If you see some of these symptoms or have reason to believe a person is going through an addiction problem, that should be enough to let you know it is time to intervene. The second consideration is whether or not the intervention will be effective.  Ultimately, the choice and desire to work on sobriety and remain sober is going to rest with your loved one. In short, they need to be ready for the road to sobriety. Being “ready” for sobriety can take many forms and manifest in different ways. It is best to consult an intervention or addiction professional if you have questions about whether or not a loved one is “ready” for an intervention.

Steps to Making an Intervention Successful

After you have decided that it might be time for an intervention, there are some steps that are good to follow:

1. Gathering Information

Make sure to gather as much information as you can, pertaining to your loved one’s condition. Knowing what drug addiction is is as important as knowing what an intervention is. By educating yourself on the subject, you’ll be in a better position of understanding what your loved one is going through and how to approach the situation. Here are some excellent resources on understanding addiction:

2. Contacting a Professional

A person who is struggling with addiction may have been involved in different problems with people they know, or somehow their addiction has impacted the lives of those around them. Sometimes it is possible for you to be too close to a situation. This can lead to an intervention being emotionally charged, especially when it comes to the level of communication that takes place. It is always recommended to contact a professional with experience performing interventions. Addiction professionals are trained in navigating the emotionally-charged events that can occur during an intervention. Some of the professionals you can contact include social workers, interventionists, rehab specialist, or someone the addicted person respects and looks up to.

3. Creating the Intervention Setting

Creating a setting is essential to a successful intervention. The last thing you want is to bring a person who is struggling with addiction to an emotionally charged and cold place. Instead, try to prepare an environment that is inviting to the person. Try to make it a place he or she associates with a safe space. This can help relax any tensions and set the tone for the intervention.

4. The Day of an Intervention

There is no telling how an intervention will run. In some cases, the person recognizes there is a problem that needs solving, and they will be willing to go through a rehabilitation process. In other situations, the environment can turn hostile and have negative results. To have a successful intervention and to avoid an adverse outcome, it is always recommended you talk to an experienced intervention professional who can guide you through the entire process. It is important to remember that beginning the process of performing an intervention comes from a place of love and concern about your loved one. Often what you will find is that you are not the only family member or friend that has been concerned about your loved one. If you are considering an intervention, an addiction professional can help you decide if your loved one is ready and help increase the chances of success.