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Your friends can be considered part of your family, from facing good and bad times together to never running out of things to say. However, it can be hard to know what to say when you realize your friend is in the grips of drug addiction. Thinking that your friend might need a drug intervention, could make you reconsider taking this step for someone who knows you so well. But friends don’t realize at times how influential they can be in someone’s life who is an addict, even unknowingly contributing to their drug abuse.

Signs that My Friend Needs a Drug Intervention

Sometimes taking note of changes in your friend’s behavior or overall appearance could indicate to you they have a drug addiction, whether they admit to it or not. Consider these warning signs if your friend exhibits some of these behaviors:

  • Not taking care of personal hygiene.
  • Irregular eating or sleeping patterns.
  • Physically looking ill or noticeable weight loss.
  • Blaming others for their behavior or trying to rationalize behavior.
  • Lack of interest in social activities or spending time with others.
  • Staying isolated from others.
  • Lying about their behavior, whereabouts, or whether they are using. 

Given the extent of your friendship, your friend might be comfortable coming to you with their drug problem but in case they don’t, there are ways you can help your friend get the medical guidance they need through a drug intervention.

How a Drug Intervention Can Help My Friend

A drug intervention for your friend helps in the same way a drug intervention would help a loved one, a co-worker, or even your child. An intervention is a structured gathering of family and friends, with the help of a licensed counselor or professional interventionist, coming together to intervene and offer solutions of help to an addicted person.

Your friendship with someone who uses drugs could positively impact their desire to seek help if they knew that their drug use is jeopardizing your company. There are also several types of intervention available, even one where an interventionist leads a workshop with an addicted person and their family and friends to discuss the person’s behavior.

The hope is that through the love and efforts of others, your friend will realize that they don’t have control over their drug use and that help is needed.  

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Before you take the next step in staging a drug intervention for your friend, consider taking our quiz and finding out if a drug intervention is right for your friend. Contact us today if you need further information or support.

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There are many factors that determine whether someone has developed an issue with alcohol. It can be helpful to look at your relationship with drinking to assess the role it is playing in your life. Regardless of whether someone has a mild, moderate or severe alcohol use disorder, the ability to change, seek treatment, and recover is possible.

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