Many times you will discover that a loved one needs professional assistance to get out of problems. However, the problem comes in that the addicts are often in denial. It is estimated that one out of ten people has an addiction problem. This means that you will never come across a person who does not need intervention assistance. The following are some signs that help to tell you that an individual requires medical intervention.
Tolerance – This refers to a condition where the patient requires larger quantities of a drug in order to achieve the effect they want. They often purchase extra supplies of drugs through doctor shopping or the black market. If they are abusing alcohol they might add an extra crate to their purchase. In many cases, patients assume the conditions are deteriorating and will keep increasing the drug to dangerous levels, unless an intervention is done.
Illusory Behaviors – The addict will hide drugs they are abusing. For instance, they will not drink too much publicly but can drink a lot when not. In addition, patients have a tendency of hiding opiates in unmarked bottles so that their loved ones can’t know they are using substances.
Personal Hygiene Neglect – The addict” appearance deteriorate. These patients becomes obsessed with abusing substance so that they neglect other parts of their life and become obsessed with only seeking more drugs. Clothes become disheveled and hair unkempt. Health condition may also deteriorate. Ladies try to hide this problem through application of makeup.
Hazy Memory – Patients have poor memory about things they did or said. In some cases, addicts may do or say something when they are intoxicated and will not remember it later. Making the person remember these events is an essential part of intervention.
Financial Strains – Addicts will strain as much as possible to manipulate others to help their addiction. However, with time these costs catch up with them so that they can no longer hide that they are in financial distress. Before they start experiencing financial stress, the addiction will have progressed to a stage where substance addiction intervention is required.
Risky Behavior Tendencies – Addicts are incapable of controlling risky behaviors such as driving under influences, even after getting caught. Those abusing prescription drugs start faking pain so that they can get more drugs to satisfy their addiction. You will also note increased unexplained injuries and bruises.
Extreme Mood Swings – Patients are characterized by irrational behaviors. Intervention is required when you realize that the patient overreacts to minor things, such as mentioning of their addiction problem. It becomes very hard to predict whether patients will be happy, depressed, angry, hostile, miserable, elated, etc. Their moods are determined by availability of the drug and choice and opportunity to use it efficiently.