Drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. In 2007, over twenty million people aged twelve years and over were dependent on drugs. When left unattended, drug addiction affects the lives of the victims, as well as those of their family members, friends and colleagues.
However, people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs usually fail to notice the negative side of their addiction. It is even harder for close family members, workmates and friends to stand aside and watch them suffer from the effects of these drugs.
An addiction intervention is a process that allows concerned family members and friends, assisted by a qualified counselor, to help someone addicted to alcohol or drugs start a path to recovery.
Literally, interventions play a very important role in helping these people admit their problems and seek the necessary treatment for their addiction, which can be to a variety of issues and substances, including alcohol and drugs. In fact, various researches reveal that 85% to 95% of interventions have succeeded.
Sometimes, however, those looking to hold an intervention take a long time before taking the necessary action to help their loved ones end their addiction. The question is when is the right time to step in and help them beat their problems?
Intervention help should begin as soon as someone is seen to be in considerable danger because of his or her abuse of alcohol and other substances. It is very imperative not to wait until a loved one falls into a state of disrepair.
Addicts need to be given detailed examples of how their addiction is negatively affecting their relationships with the people around them, their health and even their lives in general. The main objective of the entire process is to convince the addict to accept that there is a problem and to get treatment.
Before starting the intervention, it is advisable to first collect all of the necessary information about the person’s drug use history and choose a suitable rehabilitation center where he or she should be taken once they accept treatment.
There are several indicators that people should look out for as signs that someone needs an intervention. These symptoms come as observable changes in four aspects: physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive. Noticing some of them may be hard, but others are easy to identify. Understanding these signs is very essential in choosing the best treatment for the addiction.
In terms of behavior, signs include, increasing complications at work or in relationships, over-dependence on drugs in order to simply function, use of a drug more than once a day, unsuccessful attempts at stopping to use the substance as well as engaging in theft or violence in order to be able to pay for the drugs. Other non-behavioral symptoms include depression, irritability, memory lapses and losses, rapid weight gain or lose, suspicion and consistent lack of appetite.
Do not hold intervention meetings when the addict is high on drugs or when there is tension. When holding the intervention meeting, try as much as possible to avoid laying blame on the alcoholic or drug addict, or judging him or her.