When someone has been suffering from drug addiction, the likelihood that they will seek treatment help on their own is unlikely. The disease of addiction is the only disease that tells the person suffering that they don’t have it. This kind of denial can lead many addicts and alcoholics straight into their grave. This sounds extreme but is a reality. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease that needs to be addressed. Addiction for many reasons should not be pushed under the rug. In the case of addiction it may be necessary for friends and family to bind together in the form of an intervention, in order to get them into treatment, and over their drug addiction.
It is important to recognize when an intervention is needed. The following signs may be indicative that an individuals drug use is out of hand:
- The addict appears to tell lies about their drug use behavior
- They neglect their responsibilities with family, work, and more
- They are suffering financially
- They are frequently ill as a result of their drug use
- They are developing mental health issues related to the drug behavior
- They are being cut off from family and friends
- They have lost their children, or other important things in their life
If the above signs apply to the drug use of an addict, then there is a minimal chance that they will hit “rock bottom” and seek recovery help on their own. It is often said that addicts can’t recover unless they want to but this simply isn’t true. Often times addicts and alcoholics need help they just don’t know when and how to ask for it. If their denial is strong enough it may just taking breaking through that denial through an intervention to get them the help they need. While family and friends often worry about the feelings of an addict, staging an drug addiction interventions can be the thing that saves their life, so it should be a priority!