There are many stages during the recovery process, which can begin with identifying an addiction problem and learning about the various treatment options available. When an individual is struggling with addiction, families also bear the consequences of the disease. As a result, families often experience a poor quality of life financially, psychologically and spiritually, and take on enabling and/or codependent behavior. If you have a loved one in denial about the severity of his or her addiction and how it affects the family, intervention helps.

Maryam-Riaz 3Maryam Riaz has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She has also done Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Fauji Foundation University. Her research work includes leadership styles and Pygmalion effect in bank managers and their subordinates and another research was on organizational commitment and job Stress

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An intervention can motivate someone to seek help for alcohol or drug abuse, compulsive eating, or other addictive behaviors. It’s challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it. How-can-you-help-5

A more focused approach is often needed. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others.