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Friends InterventionIn some cases, friends are the people most aware of addictive behaviors.  Once someone isn’t living at home with family, parents may not be aware of problems.  Many addicts manage to go to work or school despite their illness.  Just because someone is able to function in some aspects of her life, however, doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have a serious addiction that can only get better with treatment and rehabilitation.

Many alcoholics and drug addicts feel as though they limit their dangerous behaviors to social situations.  They aren’t using when they’re alone because the circumstances don’t arise. There’s always a bar to go to or a party to attend. Maybe other people in your group of friends also experiment with drugs on occasion, but you are becoming aware that one friend is doing them far more often when hanging out with just one or another of you, or starting to talk about stealing money to buy more.  Perhaps you are aware that the person is entering into dangerous situations to get drugs.

Planning a Friends Intervention

If you are concerned that a friend’s relationship with drugs or alcohol is excessive, don’t wait until he loses his job or fails his classes.  Don’t wait until she drives under the influence and hurts herself or someone else.  There are things you can do to help your friend right now.  If you do, there is every chance that you will prove to be the best friend she ever has.

You have a tough decision to make, whether you want to try to talk one-on-one or stage an intervention.  Obviously talking one-on-one is less threatening and you might be able to get through to your friend or get her to open up a bit.  But chances are all you will get are apologies and promises to cut back on the addictive behaviors – promises that come to nothing even if they were made in a moment of sobriety and good intentions.  That is because the psychological elements of addiction are so powerful that they cannot be erased or overcome by willpower or desire alone.

Get Help with Your Friends Intervention

Planning an intervention can seem overwhelming and scary.  You probably know how hurt and angry your friend will be and you know that you risk losing your friend.  You may worry that others will not see the problem as being as serious as you do and just blow it off.  To get the help you need to plan an intervention for your friend, call our confidential helpline at (888) 371-5722.  Someone will help you figure out who to tell, who to invite, what to say and how best to get your friend the help he needs.  You are not in this alone.