- Emotional Problems Emotional problems can be the lingering symptoms of deeper issues including drug and alcohol addiction, other substance abuse problems, past trauma or they could be the first sign that something might go wrong in the not so distant future. An intervention can be used as prevention or as a last resort and by helping someone get into treatment they can deal with the underlying causes.
- Drug Addiction Drug addiction is one of the most commonly cited reasons to have an intervention. This type of intervention is planned out for weeks or months ahead of time and family members and friends are coached to achieve the best possible outcome every time.
- Alcoholism Alcoholism is a “cunning and baffling disease”. Many intervention specialists have struggled with substance abuse making them the perfect candidates to perform an intervention. Alcoholics, especially binge drinkers can be sneaky and stuck in denial. Having an opportunity to get out of their normal environment and into treatment is often all it takes to start on the path to recovery
- Prescription Pill Addiction Prescription pill abuse and addiction has been steadily rising over the past years and it’s consequences can be seen in the statistics related to rehab and treatment center admissions. Accidental overdoses, changes in behavior and sudden moodiness can all be signs that an intervention for prescription pill addiction is needed.
- Gambling Gambling in casinos, card rooms as well as online as been increasing. Women are struggling with online gambling addiction at alarming rates and these problems can cause both genders to go into debt, risk bankruptcy and even lose their homes. Gambling interventions can help get someone back on the right track.
- Sex and Love Addiction Often times individuals stay stuck in patterns sheerly because they do not know any other way. In the case of sex and love addiction it can be hard to distinguish what behavior is detrimental and what behavior is normal. If sex or love is an issue that affects other areas of a person’s life an intervention in a great step in the right direction.
- Co-Occurring Disorders Interventions are often used for co-occurring substance abuse problems and mental disorders. It is important to seek an intervention for co-occurring disorder because they are often hard to treat except within a controlled environment like a treatment center.
- ADHD Individuals suffering from adult ADHD can see other areas of their lives be compromised over time. Often ADHD will co-occur with other mental health conditions or addictions and an intervention can be very effective.
- Depression, Self Harm Depression, self harm and suicidal thoughts are always a good reason to seek out the help of an intervention. Hotlines and support groups are also very effective for both the loved ones and the individual.
- Eating Disorders Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are all treatable disorders but again they are hard to treat without a treatment center. An eating disorder intervention is the best first step to get someone out of denial and into treatment.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.