An intervention should be considered for anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of severe addiction – whether to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, hoarding or an eating disorder. In some cases, the person may be addicted to illicit drugs like crystal meth, cocaine or heroin, or may be addicted to prescription drugs like morphine or Vicodin.
Some symptoms of drug addiction include:
Consistent use of drugs despite life problems associated with drug use
Chronic confusion due to drug use
Decline in workplace efficiency
Having a harsh, violent reaction when asked about drug use
Often these addicts are in denial about their addiction and not willing to undergo treatment. Do not wait for the addict to seek treatment, but rather schedule an intervention as soon as you believe they are addicted. Waiting may lead to dire consequences. An intervention provides the addict with a clear path that leads to treatment and recovery.
Furthermore, interventions do not just help the primary addict, but also offer solace to family members and friends who have been adversely affected by their loved one’s addiction. These secondary victims of addiction also benefit from participating in a professionally moderated intervention.