6 Situations That May Call For A Crisis Intervention

23. November 2015

It’s never easy coming to terms with a loved one’s drug problem. Apart from the constant worry for their safety, you often have to deal with erratic moods and behaviors, conflict, financial issues and lies and manipulations.

If your loved one is in denial about their addiction, convincing them to get help can seem like a losing battle. You may have already tried numerous times and ways to get them to admit to their problem but to no avail. Pleas, threats and ultimatums have fallen on deaf ears.

There are many reasons why you may have hesitated to take action. You might think the problem will go away, or maybe they have convinced you the problem isn’t as serious as you think. You might fear they will feel betrayed or hurt if you bring in an outside party.

Perhaps you have decided to try and wait it out, but the situation has escalated and you don’t know how much longer things can go on like this. How do you know when it’s time to get outside help? What constitutes a true crisis situation, and who can you turn to?


If things are escalating out of control, it may be time for a crisis intervention. Here are six examples of crisis situations that you might be going through:

1. You Suspect Your Teen Is Using Prescription Pain Medication Or Heroin.

Anytime your teen is using drugs or alcohol it is cause for concern. The teenage years are a challenging time, and every day can feel like a crisis situation! Teens are notorious for experimenting with tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and for many, it never turns into a serious problem.

However, if you find or suspect that your teen has experimented with prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Xanax or has tried heroin, a crisis intervention is necessary. This is because these drugs can quickly produce a physical dependency and psychological addiction that is powerful and difficult to overcome. Once caught in this vicious cycle, the problem will progress, and the outcomes can include fatal overdose and severe health issues including increased risk of HIV and Hepatitis C.

2. Your Loved One Has Overdosed Or Been Hospitalized As A Result Of Their Drug Use.

If your loved one has overdosed as a result of drug use, it is time to get help from a crisis intervention. You may think that an overdose will be enough to jar them and make them quit, but this is often not the case. An addicted person can overdose and find themselves using as soon as they leave the hospital. This is an indication that their using is so far out of control that they cannot quit, even if they want to.

3. Your Loved One Has Been Arrested As A Result Of Their Drug Use.

An arrest is a crisis situation that nobody wants. As family members, we are heartbroken and devastated when our loved one begins to experience legal trouble as a result of their addiction. We may think that an arrest will be the turning point, and that they will realize it’s time to get help.

Then you find out they are continuing to use, and you are in disbelief. This is a sure sign that a crisis intervention is needed to break the denial and get them the help they need.

4. You Are Feeling Unsafe In Your Own Home Because Of Your Loved One’s Drug Addiction.

It is a horrible thing to have to admit you don’t feel safe around your loved one anymore. Addiction can turn a person you love into a stranger you don’t trust. There are many reasons you may feel unsafe. Perhaps your loved one is behaving erratically or in a threatening or hostile manner. They may be bringing people into the home that you don’t trust. Or, they may be leaving drugs or paraphernalia around your home and you are concerned for younger family members. No matter that the crisis situation, you must be able to feel safe and comfortable in your home. If you don’t, then crisis intervention can help.

5. Your loved one is pregnant and you suspect or know that they are still using drugs.

Addiction is a powerful disease and unfortunately being pregnant is often not enough for a woman to stop using. Sometimes, the fear of judgment will keep them from seeking help, and sometimes the denial is so powerful they can’t acknowledge the problem.

If this is the case, a crisis intervention is what is needed to break the cycle of using so they can get the help that they need.

6. You are experiencing financial problems because your loved one is spending money on drugs.

If your spouse or other family member is spending money on drugs to the point where you are at risk of losing your home, or getting the utilities shut off, or you can’t buy food, a crisis intervention is in order. You don’t have to live like that anymore. If your loved one is stealing money or diverting funds to support his or her habit, it is a crisis situation and you can get help for it.

How Can A Crisis Intervention Help?

Intervention is an effective way to get help for a loved one. It works when all other efforts have failed. Intervention results in people getting help for their problem over 90% of the time. Intervention specialists are experts in what they do. Although you know your loved one best, it often takes an outside person to come in and help them see through their own denial and become willing to get help.
Another benefit of a crisis intervention is the support that the family gets. From the time you reach out for help, you will find support from your intervention specialist. They will stick with you through the process and work with you and your family to achieve the best possible outcome. If you are experiencing a crisis situation and need help, call 1-877-478-4621 to get started today.