Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease if left untreated. Drug and alcohol addiction takes a toll on everyone it touches, including the addict and their loved ones. The United States is in the midst of a drug epidemic, particularly when it comes to prescription painkillers and heroin. People are dying every day from drug overdoses, and 78 Americans die each day due to an opioid overdose. Because of the fatal nature of addiction, there comes a point where action needs to be taken to get an addict the treatment and support they need and deserve. Unfortunately, it is rarely the addict themselves that recognizes the severity of their addiction and reaches out for support. Oftentimes, family members and friends must take sincere action to save the addict’s life. This is when a drug intervention comes into play.
A drug intervention is when loved ones come together, often with the support of a professional interventionist, to lovingly confront the addict about the severity of their substance abuse. Typically, an addict has no idea how dangerous their behavior is and how far their addiction has progressed. A drug intervention is designed to openly confront the addict and tell them how their addiction is affecting both them and the addict. The goal of a drug intervention is to get the addict to accept the reality of their drug use and make a sincere decision to seek treatment. A drug intervention is not about fighting, blaming, or shaming; rather, it is a time to face the addict and express concerns in a loving, rational manner.
Addicts are often in denial about their addiction. Because of this denial, the addict may have little insight into the dangerous reality of their drug and alcohol use. And if they refuse or are unable to admit that their substance abuse is a problem, then they are highly unlikely to change said behavior. Even if the negative consequences of their addiction are recognizable by those around them, the addict may not recognize the problem themselves. An intervention performed by a skilled and experienced interventionists can break through this dangerous denial and help the addict recognize the severity of their situation.
Addicts are skilled at manipulating and hiding their drug use, so much so that loved one may vacillate for weeks, months, and even years about whether or not a drug intervention is necessary. Simply put, if you are questioning whether or not an intervention is necessary, then it probably is. Here are some signs to look out for that may signal that a drug intervention is necessary:
These are just a few signs that may indicate an intervention is necessary. But you do not have to wait for such extreme behavior to take place before holding an intervention. Addiction is deadly — the time to seek help is now. The sooner the addict gets help, the better.
Addiction Intervention Now specializes in drug interventions, crisis interventions, and family interventions. Reach out to us today at (800) 208-8680. We can help your loved one recognize the gravity of their situation and come to terms with the fact that they need to stop using drugs and alcohol. We can help you and your loved one heal from the disease of addiction.