An addiction intervention is a structured conversation between loved ones and an addict, often supervised by an intervention specialist.

Successful interventions can help loved ones of an addict express their feelings constructively, and help them to understand and overcome their problem.

If solely talking to the individual with the problem does not help then a group intervention should be your next step. These interventions also allow the addicts to see how their actions are affecting those they care about. The goal of any intervention is to get the individual into addiction recovery and rehabilitation.

When should addiction intervention happen?

It can be an arduous challenge approaching someone who is struggling with an addiction. Close friends and loved ones always mean well, but they may not know what to say. The addict may also deny the fact that they have an addiction, making open conversation extremely difficult.

See an interventionist’s perspective on drug and alcohol treatment.

Outward signs someone is struggling might include:

  • Secretive behavior
  • Borrowing money
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Deterioration of physical appearance
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Problems at work or school
  • Health issues

Many people with an addiction also struggle with other problems, like depression and eating disorders, to name a few.

All of these addictions and mental health issues can be treated. With the right care and programme your loved one can and will recover from their addiction and stay sober. You can find out more about how to help your loved ones by contacting us at Step One Recovery and understanding what they need and how we can help.