Do you have a loved one with a drug, alcohol or mental problem and they deny that they have one? Having a loved one with a problem is a very heart wrenching experience. Their addiction or mental disorder can wreak havoc on families, friendships, their job, their health and even their lives. While there are some that admit that they have a problem, there are others who deny that they do and it makes it even more difficult for those involved. If you have a loved one who has a mental illness and/or has drug and alcohol addiction and if they are denying that they have one, intervention may be the way to help them. It can even save their lives.
How do you know that your loved one has a problem?
Perhaps you do not know for sure if your loved one is suffering from a drug, alcohol or mental problem. As with any other illness, there are signs that you need to look for. You must also be aware that if your loved one is in denial, they may downplay those signs.
Here are the physical, psychological and behavioral signs of a loved one with a drug and alcohol addiction.
Physical signs include:
• Unusual smells on your loved ones breath, body or clothing
• Bloodshot eyes with larger or smaller than usual pupils
• Changes in appetite and/or sleeping patterns
• Personal grooming habits are deteriorating
• Impaired speech, unusual coordination problems or tremors
Psychological signs include:
• Sudden mood swings such or angry outbursts
• Period of unusual hyperactivity or giddiness
• Lack of motivation and may appear unusually lethargic
• Appears anxious or paranoid for no reason
• Change in personality or attitude that cannot be explained
Behavioral signs include:
• A drop in performance and attendance in school or work
• Unexplained financial problems. May steal money.
• May have suspicious or secretive behavior
• Frequently in trouble with authorities
• Sudden change in friends and hobbies
If you see any of these signs in your loved one, it is time to call Columbia Interventionist and schedule an intervention.
What is intervention and when is one needed?
For someone with a drug or alcohol addiction, there are already several interventions in their lives that signal to them that they have a problem and some of those may include a pleading family member, law enforcement, a spouse leaving or children disowning the loved one. However, addiction can reach to a crisis level where a professional interventionist needs to be called. An interventionist is a professional counselor that offers an unbiased insight on your loved ones problem. In drug and alcohol intervention, the loved one is confronted with how their addiction is ruining their lives and their families with the help of a professional.
As mentioned earlier, interventionists such as those at Columbia Interventionist also helps those with mental illnesses. You may feel as though your loved ones illness is hopeless to deal with when they are denying the problem; but with intervention, it is not so. A few of these problems that can benefit from intervention include:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
When a loved one has faced a very frightening and traumatic event such as being in combat or a victim of a crime, their lives are never the same again. A few of the symptoms are that they may experience nightmares, become very depressed or agitated or even have emotional outbursts. As a result, family, friends and other aspects of life can be affected.
Also known as manic depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is an illness that your loved one experiences unusual shifts in energy level, mood as well as the ability to carry out normal everyday tasks. They symptoms of this disorder are very severe and the affects are tragic if not treated.
In a duel diagnosis, your loved one may not only have symptoms of a mental illness, they may also be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Sometimes this abuse is their way of dealing with their problems such as those that are affected by post traumatic disorder.
Such as those with drug and alcohol problems, intervention can also help a person see that they have a problem such as a mental illness so they can seek help.
If you have a loved one who is denial that they have a drug, alcohol or mental problem? Intervention just might be the key to their recovery. Call Columbia Interventionist today.