Addiction affects people from all walks of life all over the United States. The effects on victims of addiction are very diverse and cover social, spiritual, physical and psychological aspects.
There is no cure for addiction though there is treatment available that can lead to the complete recovery of an addicted person. There are also many forms of treatment available for different addiction problems.
There is an obstacle, however. Addicts often fail to appreciate the extent of their problem and fail to seek help. This incessant denial ends up affecting both the addicts and their family members and friends.
Sometimes family members and friends of addicts tend to be too protective of them, making it even harder for them to agree to seek treatment.
However, there are others who may decide to take action to release their loved ones from the chains of addiction and help them start a new and more fulfilling life. The process of helping addicted friends and family without their consent is known as intervention. Interventions can be very difficult to carry out and require a lot of preparation.
It can be very hard trying to work out when exactly a person requires an intervention. The following are some of the characteristics that show that addicts are overpowered by their addiction and help is necessary. Interventions must be carried out as soon as they are identified.
- Unexplained Disappearances – Sometimes addicts leave their homes with the excuse that they are going to their workplaces, only for it to be realized later that they did not go there at all. Addicts tend to spend a lot of time going out to drink or take drugs with fellow addicts.
- Neglecting Responsibilities – One of the worst effects of addiction is a person leaving his or her everyday tasks unattended to. The most serious case is of addicts leaving their children and family without provisions. Some even fail to report to work, looking for excuses in order to get more time to spend taking drugs.
- Mismanagement of Finances – This means that the addict is unable to control his or her finances properly and ends up using too much money buying drugs while neglecting to buy everyday necessities. The addicts will try as much as possible to hide the problem they have, but some end up falling into debt. Financial ruin from addiction is something that can be avoided through a well-executed intervention by professionals.
- The Shakes – This refers to a state of physical tremors that a person gets as a result of overuse of alcohol. This problem affects the addict greatly as it denies him or her the opportunity to socialize with other people due to the embarrassment that goes with it.
- Frequent Memory Losses – Addicts often forget what they did when they were intoxicated. This is usually evident when they cannot, for example, remember what they did the night before after taking one drink too many. They are often surprised when friends who were present tell them what happened.