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Many people associate interventions with chemical addictions like drugs or alcohol. The reality is, however, that people can become addicted to a wide variety of compulsive behaviors. The definition of addiction is: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is physically habit-forming to the extent that it causes severe trauma. This means that anyone who is exhibiting destructive behaviors that have rendered them powerless over their own lives is an addict, and may be in need of help from a professional interventionist. One addictive behavior that may require the help of an interventionist to stop is gambling. It can be difficult to spot a gambling problem, because one of the symptoms of a gambling addiction is concealing the amount of gambling that an addict is engaging in, or lying about how much money they have lost. It is likely that a severe addict will begin to openly exhibit symptoms once the problem has become too big for them to conceal. It may become apparent that a loved one is facing a gambling addiction when they ask to borrow large amounts of money, or fall so behind on rent or bills that they face eviction or have their utilities shut off. A gambler may also have stretches of time that they are not able to account for, or exhibit delusions that they will be able to recoup their losses if they continue to gamble.
Teen drug abuse is one of the most dangerous and common problem facing young people and their families. Interventions for teens and young people are not uncommon.  Drug and alcohol abuse poses particularly high risks for teens because their bodies and minds are still developing. Many parents worry about whether their teen is using, and want to do anything they can to prevent their teen from falling prey to substance abuse. The good news for concerned parents is that strong family ties have been found very effective in fighting teen drug use. The more time parents spend with their children, the more they have the opportunity to stress the importance of living a healthy, responsible life. Teens who feel loved and accepted by their parents generally have much higher self esteem, which makes them far less likely to to use drugs or alcohol. An increased amount of conversation and quality time spent between parents and teens also leads organically to more frank conversations about drugs. Open dialogue about drug and alcohol use is a great way to decrease the allure of “taboo” activities.  It also allows parents to feel that they know what is going on in their teen’s life, which likely leads to them treating them with more trust. When a teen is treated with trust and respect, they are far less likely to betray said trust when faced with peer pressure or other circumstances that may tempt them to do experiment with drugs.

When we think of substance abuse in college, it is not uncommon to assume that the drugs being abused are alcohol or other “party drugs.” The fact is, however, an alarming number of college students are abusing “study drugs” like Ritalin or Adderall. It can be particularly difficult to spot a dependency on these drugs, since many of the people who use them are getting good grades, and many other people are prescribed these drugs as treatment for a legitimate condition like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The growing incidents of study drug abuse is disturbing because these drugs, when used by someone who does not need them, can be very dangerous.

Both Adderall and Ritalin are very strong stimulants, which means that they come with serious side effects. They can cause serious physiological reactions in the body. They can cause insomnia, anxiety, and hallucinations. Stimulants increase a person’s heart rate, which makes them much more prone to seizures and chest pains. The side effects of an increased heart rate can be very severe and even deadly. It is possible for stimulants to cause an irregular heartbeat or the potential for cardiovascular failure.

Being the family member or loved one of an addict is an extremely trying and confusing position to be in. Feelings of guilt and helplessness are very common, and it is likely that at the root of these upsetting emotions is a strong sense of ambivalence around whether you are, in fact, enabling an addict. This can be a very difficult truth to come to terms with, because an addict generally does not have the means or wherewithal to take care of their basic needs, so enabling often feels like the right thing to do because you are “saving” the addict from being in an even worse position than they already are. How do you know when enabling is the right thing to do? How can you tell if you are enabling at all?

It is never a good idea to enable.

Enabling an addict is the same as enabling their addiction. As long as an addict has support to feed off, it will continue. Enabling an addict prolongs “rock bottom,” and thus prolongs the addiction, allowing it to have a more and more harmful effect on the addict.

Denial: The Dangerous Enabler Of Addiction To Drugs And Alcohol

Founder of Intervention 911, Ken Seeley identifies the number one symptom that indicates the disease of addiction: denial.

People die because they, and their families, do not believe they are “not that bad” or “not that sick.”

Enabling an addict and codependency of family members and other loved ones, contribute to the disease of addiction and the rate at which addicts overdose, and die.

Ken and his team at Intervention 911 help you identify your role in the addict’s life, and how you can intervene to stop the use of drugs and alcohol by someone you love.

Recovery is possible for everyone! Watch now to see how Ken Seeley can help you!

With the best interest of Jeff Conway at heart, a panel discusses his drug and alcohol addiction on Jane Velez’s show on HLN.

Ken Seeley, top-rated interventionist and founder of Intervention 911, chimes in on Jeff’s case, discussing how he does not seem to be winning his battle with addiction.

Ken believes there are steps Jeff can take to get well, but that he does not feel Jeff has experienced enough consequences to stop using.

Contact Ken Seeley and his team at Intervention 911 at 844-230-4911 to find out how you can get help for yourself or an addicted loved one.

Watch now to see what addicts like Jeff Conway need in order to give up a life of addiction for a life of recovery.
Meet Ken Seeley: Top-Rated interventionist for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Expert intervention and founder of Intervention 911, Ken Seeley explains why he is passionate about helping addicts recover from drug and alcohol abuse. Ken shares his personal experience with addiction, intervention, and recovery to express his true understanding of how to best treat substance-abusing individuals. Through his participation on the A&E show, Intervention, and his mission with Intervention 911, Ken Seeley strives to help as many people as possible gain sobriety so they can work toward long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. Watch now to find out how Ken and his team at Intervention 911 can help!

Contact Intervention 911 at 844-230-4911 for help with the addict in your life!

Top interventionist, Ken Seeley, assists in a heroin intervention on The Jeremy Kyle Show Ken Seeley helps Jeremy Kyle and a young heroin addict’s family stage a live intervention for a soon-to-be-dad. Ken, founder of Intervention 911, a company that assists families in intervening to help loved ones decide to go to treatment, tells the young addict that he will do everything in his power to protect the heroin addict’s pregnant girlfriend, which includes having the him arrested. Ken and Jeremy confront the young man, walk him out back the show’s studio, and give him a choice, right on the spot: either he gets in a waiting car and goes to treatment in Arizona, or he walks down the street and gets arrested. Rehab or jail? What will this man choose? Will he give up his heroin use? Watch now to see Ken Seeley in action!

Contact Ken and his team at Intervention 911 at 844-230-4911 to help the addict in your life!