Addiction is a word that is underused just as much as it is overused. For example, people can say they have an addiction to things they generally just enjoy a lot like ice cream or another person. But addiction is actually a disease, a chemical or behavioral dependence on a substance, not just a something a person really enjoys. On the other hand a lot of times people undermine their addiction, by saying that they are in complete control of their behavior. Whether it is alcohol abuse or an eating disorder, people will try to pass it off as something insignificant. People need to understand that addiction is not something to be joked about, and not something that should be ignored.
Addiction really occurs when people have an uncontrollable unhealthy dependency on something despite all the negative effects it has brought to their lives in many ways. An answer to this unhealthy and dangerous lifestyle is intervention. Intervention is when the people close to the person displaying this behavior, choose to step in and say enough is enough. This may be a very difficult decision to make, but at this point the person dealing with an addiction is no longer thinking and acting rationally and has lost control over their disease. If nothing is done there is a possibility that person can hurt themselves and others around them.
Intervention is not just for drug addictions or alcohol but can be for any type of addiction or mental disorder. There is gambling intervention, sex addiction intervention or any other kind of behavioral addiction intervention. There is also intervention for eating disorders, self-harm, and other mental health issues that have taken over a person’s life for the worse.