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Risks and Signs of Substance Abuse Intervention

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Risks of Substance Abuse Intervention 1. Isolation 2. Expensive and Ineffective


1. Isolation

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Formal interventions can be overwhelming to the addict, and if they respond with a fear based response, it may drive them deeper into isolation and addiction. So this is a risk that the family and friends must decide on beforehand. In some cases, the addict is spiraling out of control in such a way that the family decides it is worth the risk.


2. Expensive and Ineffective

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Interventions are expensive and largely ineffective depending on the timing. In fact, timing is probably everything. In other words, if the addict is not ready to take the steps needed to get clean and sober, then everyone is wasting their time, money, and effort with the intervention. Such is the nature of denial.


Signs When Person is Ready for Intervention 1. Thoughts of Self Destruction 2. Suffering Major Consequences


1. Thoughts of Self Destruction

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They are leaning towards thoughts of suicide or self destruction. They become more reckless than usual with personal care. They make statements about how they do not know if they can keep going like this.


2. Suffering Major Consequences

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They have recently suffered major consequences due to their addiction. Examples would include legal problems, such as arrests or drunk driving convictions, or relationship problems, such as when spouses have left them, etc.


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Risks and Signs of Substance Abuse Intervention