What are some of the signs to look for to determine if someone needs an intervention?

  • Resistance to stop their substance abuse or behavior.
  • Refusal to receive any addiction counseling or treatment.
  • Emotional changes, psychological changes, physiological changes or withdrawals symptoms.
  • The negative impact the individual has had on a family, friends, employer or school.
  • The individual’s behavioral idiosyncrasies have significantly and negatively impacted those around them.

How do you prepare for a substance abuse intervention of a violent person?

We let them explain, describe and discuss their situation. We conduct non-violent crisis intervention and verbal de-escalation of the individual.

Can an intervention be done if the addict refuses help?

Yes. The intervention can be done. What happens typically is the family’s support occurs. And at the very extreme if need be police involvement can occur letting the individual know that based on their history, their violence that either they come on the intervention or they possibly leave with a police officer.

What can family and friends do to help someone going through the intervention?

Family members can gather information in an honest, succinct manner and be descriptive on the use, frequency and quantity of the drugs, alcohol included or behaviors that are disconcerting to the family and individual.

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a loved one during an intervention?

Typically the loved one will feel emotional and break down in many different ways. To such an extent that the member may need to temporarily excuse themselves from the intervention process.

My Mom has been abusing alcohol for 20 years. Every time we talk to her about getting help she disappears for days at a time. What can we do to help?

First gather information on Mom’s pattern of drinking, signs and symptoms. Next gather information on a negative impact that alcohol or the drug has had on her life and finally discuss it with a professional.

Are interventions covered by insurance?

No, Interventions are not normally covered by insurance.

What are the signs that a teen is abusing prescription drugs?

  • Irritability.
  • Changes in moods even though they may be going through difficult times. These are long term changes that you would consider.
  • They visually appear different or under the influence.
  • Money or objects are missing from the home and used as trade for drugs.
  • Constant out-of-character or erratic behavior. At times you may feel as if you know longer know this person.

Answers provided by Dr. James Hughes, PhD., LMHC, CAP, CCJS