It may become necessary to have a family intervention when a loved one starts showing signs of a severe drug addiction or alcohol addiction. The signs of addiction vary from one person to another, but you should watch for the following to determine if an intervention is necessary.
Sudden Behavioral Changes
An addicted person may exhibit sudden behavioral changes due to severe alcohol or drug use. For example, someone who’s always been responsible with money may start spending more than usual, missing payments or making late payments. A reliable worker may start calling in sick at the last minute, disappearing from work for hours at a time or missing important deadlines. In a younger person with a substance abuse problem, you may notice poor academic performance or a lack of interest in school or social activities.
Changes in Appearance
Substance abuse makes it difficult to maintain a normal routine, so some people struggling with alcohol or drug addiction have poor hygiene. Your loved one may avoid showering, wear the same clothing several days in a row or develop strong body odor. In some cases, an addicted person doesn’t trim their nails or get their hair cut, causing their appearance to change over time.
People struggling with alcohol and drug addiction can have a wide range of social problems. Many people isolate themselves from friends and family members because they don’t want anyone to know about their substance abuse. Drinking and using drugs can also cause conflict to develop between someone with an addiction and their friends, family members, coworkers and community members, leading to frequent arguments or even physical altercations. In severe cases, people struggling with addiction get into legal trouble, making it difficult to maintain friendships or positive relationships with family members.
If you’ve noticed any of these changes in your loved one, it may be time to have a drug or alcohol intervention.