When Is It Time for an Intervention?

More often than not, the last person to know that he or she has a substance abuse problem is the substance abuser.[5] Friends, family members and coworkers are generally well aware of the problem long before the person with the addiction. Ideally, an intervention serves as the catalyst to get a person to understand that he or she has an addiction problem and that it’s time to seek help.

When your loved one’s substance abuse has gone too far and individual pleadings from friends and family members aren’t working, it may be time for an intervention. In many cases, interventions are set up following some sort of catastrophic event brought on by substance abuse. These can include:

  • Job loss
  • Bankruptcy
  • Injury
  • Overdose resulting in hospitalization
  • Legal problems
  • Divorce or separation