How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call for an Intervention?

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call for an Intervention?

As a drug and alcohol interventionist based out of Vancouver and Calgary, Andy Bhatti is asked the same question all the time – “how do I know if its time to call for an intervention?

Below are some questions for you to answer regarding your loved one’s addiction problem to help you gain insight as to whether an intervention is necessary.

Is a family member or someone you care about having problems with drugs or alcohol? If yes, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are they spending a lot of their time thinking and talking about drugs or how they can get money to get more?
  • Have they borrowed money to pay for drugs?
  • Do they lie when asked where they were and where all their money has gone?
  • Have their grades started to fail due to their addiction or weekend drinking?
  • Have they missed time from work or school because of their drug use or hangovers?
  • Are they still using even though it’s making things worse at home and work?
  • Have they ever been arrested or hospitalized because of their drug addiction or drinking?
  • Did they lose interest in things they once loved to do? Hobbies, sports, fishing, etc.
  • Are they driving under the influence – on drugs or alcohol?
  • Are they trying to hide their drug use or the effect it is having on them from others?
  • Are they sleeping too much or too little, compared to how they used to?
  • Do they have bloodshot eyes, frequent bloody noses, or are always complaining of having a cold?
  • Has their physical appearance changed? Have they gained or lost lots of weight?
  • Do you find them always blaming everybody else for what’s happening in their life?
  • Has alcohol ever affected their relationships?
  • Are they having trouble getting along with co-workers, teachers, friends, and family members.
  • Have they lost their friends because of their alcohol or drug problem?
  • Do they hang out with new friends you haven’t met before?
  • Do they blame their parents for all their problems?
  • Have they tried quitting drugs in the past?
  • Have they tried to cut down on their drug use but keep going back to using the same amount or more?
  • Do they keep relapsing and leaving treatment early?
  • Do they say that marijuana isn’t a drug?
  • Do they steal other people’s prescription drugs?
  • Are they taking drugs that they promised to never do?
  • Are they currently on suboxen or methadone?
  • Have they tried opiates that weren’t prescribed to them by a doctor?


If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, you may want to consider having an intervention for the person you care about before it’s too late. Over the last 2 years, more people experimenting with drugs have overdosed and died than ever reported in Canadian history. The city of Vancouver alone this year has reported over 450 drug related overdoses. This number is projected to triple by December 2017.

Calgary, Alberta is seeing more overdose related deaths as well. Both by people experimenting with drugs and people that have been addicted to heroin for over 10 years.

Interventions are one of the safest ways to get the people you care about into a drug and alcohol treatment center. If you’re looking for drug and alcohol intervention services in Vancouver, Calgary or Eastern Canada,  Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addiction Services can help guide you and your family through the intervention process.

Our team of professional drug and alcohol interventionists, can also help your family with finding the right drug and alcohol treatment center to meet your loved one’s needs. As an interventionist, our goal is to get your loved one the best treatment possible to help with all their addiction issues, mental health and childhood trauma. Contact us to get help for your loved one now.

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