Addiction and intervention

What is an Addiction?

Addiction is a dependence on a chemical or substance that alters a person’s behavior, actions, and ways of thinking. It will typically increase to a level that is harmful and damaging to many areas of life. An individual that is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is in need of help. It can take a few weeks, a few months, or even many years for an addiction to become out of control and destructive.

Types of Addiction

Alcohol addiction is unfortunately common across many cultures and races. It can effect both men and women. It is characterized by a dependence on alcohol. What may begin as casual drinking can increase to a daily need for alcohol. Not only does a person become emotionally and mentally dependent on liquor or beer to make it through the day, but their body will also come to be dependent on the presence of alcohol. A physical reaction, known as withdrawal, will occur when alcohol is not present in the system.

Drug addiction can effect people of all ages and lifestyles. There are many types of substances that are highly addictive, from recreational drugs, to prescription drugs. The same psychological and physical effects of withdrawal will occur when a person has built up a tolerance and dependence on a chemical substance. This creates a need for another dose or hit of the drugs in order to stave off the feelings of withdrawal.

What is Intervention?

Drug addiction intervention may be the best way to get an addict help. It is typically arranged by friends or family members. Concerned loved ones will meet in advance to plan out what they will say to the addict and how they will approach them with the necessary information and offer of help. A professional addiction treatment specialist may be on hand to guide the intervention session. The whole session can sometimes be very emotional, especially if the family members have really close relationship with the addict.

When the drug addiction intervention is set to occur, the loved ones will gather at a neutral location with the addict. They will each take turns sharing their thoughts and feelings with the addict and asking them to accept the help that is being offered. It is a kind and calm way to approach the addict and encourage them to seek treatment. Some researches showed that this method of treatment is much more efficient and successful than for example method of “cold turkey”, especially when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

alcohol-addictionAlcohol (as well as heroin, crack or cocaine sessions) can be very inconvenient in the beginning since the addict usually faces the first symptoms of withdrawal. The alcoholic or addict may not be sober at the time of the intervention so you need to take that into account. The goal is always the same, and that is to get the individual the professional help that they so desperately need to overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol.