Drug Addiction Intervention

If someone you know has a problem with drug abuse, an intervention can be an effective way to persuade them to seek treatment. However, you should never attempt an intervention without the guidance and support of a trained professional interventionist. A successful intervention is a delicate balance between confrontation and support that requires professional guidance throughout the process.

All too often, individuals are able to hide the signs of drug addiction from their friends, coworkers, family, and even themselves. An intervention can help them to recognize that they have a problem by bringing together the people in their life who have seen the different ways in which their drug use creates problems. But, first you need to know how to identify when someone needs help.

There are a number of symptoms of drug addiction that you can look for in those you care about. These include: 

  • Sudden mood swings
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Stealing from family or loved ones
  • Withdrawal from friends and family

Over time, these symptoms can escalate as the addiction takes hold and becomes more obvious to those around the drug user. In addition, individual drugs have their own unique symptoms that may become more apparent as the addiction progresses. An intervention is your chance to openly and directly confront someone you care about with the concrete ways their drug use hurts themselves and the people who care about them. The goal of an intervention is to get the user into a treatment program before it‘s too late. Although long-term success requires an individual’s genuine dedication to changing their behavior, an intervention can be a very critical first step.

Before you take that step, however, participating friends and family members need to be prepared for the possibility of disappointment. Not all interventions are successful, and even some that are can lead to resentment or anger that may take some time to dissipate. An intervention is basically a controlled confrontation with the individual involved, requiring a delicate touch on the part of the participants and the professional who guides it. There is always the possibility that your friend or family member will feel that they are being judged or ambushed. An addiction professional can help create a supportive environment that lessens these feelings, but everyone involved should be prepared for a challenging situation.

If the intervention is successful, it can be the first step toward helping someone you care about gain freedom from the grip of addiction. There is no more powerful gift you can give the important people in your life than the chance for a fresh start.

Today is the perfect time to do the right thing: call NIDA right now and schedule an intervention for your loved one.

Contact the The National Intervention for Drugs and Alcohol anytime toll-free at (800) 567-5986 or through our online form, to start the process of getting your loved one back and finally freeing them from the chains of their addiction before it's too late!