Interventions are held for individuals suffering from an addiction who do not believe that they have a problem or cannot face the addiction on their own. Oftentimes, interventions are a last resort: the addict has refused to get treatment, and all other options for addressing the addiction have been exhausted. Although there can be interventions for gambling, eating disorders, and other compulsive disorders, the majority of interventions are held for drug addiction or alcoholism. Due to the severity of most drug and alcohol addictions, holding interventions can mean the difference between life and death for the person suffering from the addiction.
Drug interventions can be led by professional interventionists, therapists, or family members and friends. Professional interventions are hosted by individuals who have had experience working with addicts – many of these interventionists are licensed therapists, counselors, or even physicians. There are several benefits of utilizing a professional interventionist: they have worked with addicts before; they provide an objective, third-party viewpoint; and they can act as a guide during the process. Though family members and friends are still key elements in professional drug interventions, they may not know how to approach the addict or how to manage situations that may arise.
Having a support system is an integral part of the treatment process, especially because the support of family and friends extends well beyond the intervention. It is important that the family and friends of the addict not only help him or her, but that they also educate themselves on the addiction so that they truly understand how to help and be involved in the addict’s treatment.
There are some warning signs that can help identify an individual who has a drug or alcohol addiction, including isolation, denial, personality changes, excessive alcohol or drug use, and medical problems. If someone is displaying some or all of these signs, s/he may have an addiction to drugs or alcohol that requires an intervention. A drug intervention, though it can be an immensely beneficial tool in helping someone with an addiction, is just the first step in the treatment process. However, it is one of the most important steps because it shows the addict that s/he has a real problem that needs to be addressed.