What Is Addiction?
Addiction is the continual repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. There are a wide variety of things a person can be addicted to. It is not just limited to one or two things. When it comes to drugs and alcohol, addiction can also be classified as substance abuse. This is when the body and mind need that particular substance to function normally, which leads to a plethora of other destructive activities.
What Are Some of the Warning Signs?
Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, the warning signs of addiction go unnoticed by loved ones of the addicted person until the addiction has reached a dangerous level, or someone is lucky enough to catch the addiction red-handed. People with addictions often begin acting strangely. This behavior may include changes of a daily plan or routine. They may also begin to individuate themselves away from friends and or family. They may develop new friends that you rarely meet, if at all. They may begin changing in physical appearance, and become defensive when questioned about where they have been or what they have been doing. They often seem to be in their own world. They may develop anger problems, and are "sick" more often than normal. Some of the most well-known signs include:
• Obvious Signs of Intoxication
Why Act Now?
One of the most devastating things about addiction is how fast the addition progresses. An addicted individual can go from casual drug use to heavy use in just a matter of weeks, or in some cases even days. Another dangerous factor that comes from this progression is how much of the substance the addicted person consumes. The more the addicted individual consumes over a period of time, the more they need to consume to "chase their high." This in turn leads to more and more dangerous situations, which in many instances can land a person in jail or even turn deadly.
What Is Intervention?
Intervention is the coming together of the loved ones of the addicted person to help them see that they have a problem. This can be a very difficult situation because of the personal feelings involved. So in many cases, it is best to bring in an outside source that specializes in interventions. This way all the family and friends can meet beforehand with the interventionist and he or she can coach the family into a drawn-out game plan on how to address the addicted individual in such a way as to attain optimal results.