Dealing with a loved one who is addicted causes much uncertainty.
While some friends and family can work with their addicted loved one on their own and find the resources they need, others might need professional guidance or even formal intervention services.
There are several types of interventions and intervention services. At heart, the intervention is a well-designed plan of action of a support group (which could include family members, friends, and coworkers) to motivate the addicted loved one to change their behavior, usually by entering some sort of treatment program.
An intervention is not something to be taken lightly.
If you are unsure or feeling helpless, remember that you do not have to do this alone. Professional interventionists are available to help the create a plan and teach the support group what to expect before and during the intervention. If you are wondering whether you need intervention services, consider talking to someone who has dealt with this before. Professional help is probably best if your loved one is in denial, out-of-touch with reality, or has violent or suicidal tendencies.