National Intervention Services


National Intervention Services


Meth Intervnetion

Amphetamines were originally used during World War II by both Nazi Germany and U.S. troops to improve the overall effectiveness of troops during military campaigns. Over the years, crystal methamphetamine – crystal meth – became a popular drug of choice for biker gangs in California, then quickly spread to drug users and dealers across the nation, due to how easy it was to manufacture.

Today, crystal meth has become an all-too common cause of drug addiction. Also known as meth, crank, speed, tweak, glass, Tina and crystal is able to be ingested, snorted, smoked, or injected. After consumption, the user experiences an extreme sensory high where they have an increased sense of ambition, control and power and are able to stay awake and work for hours and even days on end. Oftentimes a meth addict will go days and even weeks without rest, which eventually results in them developing a range of psychological issues, such as aggression, delusional thinking, obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and temporary psychosis. Meth users can also be extremely violent, both to themselves and others. As such, performing a meth intervention can be extremely dangerous.

If there is someone in your life who is struggling with meth addiction, an intervention may be the very thing they need to realize the extent of their addiction and seek the support they need to break the cycle. If you or someone you know requires an intervention, contact our office today at (312) 625-0024. Our intervention counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you have.

How Do I Know if My Loved One is Abusing Meth?

Common indications that your loved one may be abusing meth include:


Extreme irritability

Dilated pupils

Extreme weigh loss

Difficulty sleeping


Sexual dysfunction (hyper- or hypo-)

Difficulty breathing

Oftentimes people who have become addicted to meth will also experience psychological, social issues and financial issues, often leading to difficulty and/or the inability to keep a job.

The Intervention Process

One of the most important things to understand about the intervention process is that every intervention will differ, contingent on what substance(s) your loved one is abusing, length and severity of the addiction, and -most importantly- their openness and willingness to commit to making a change – with deference to discretion and choosing the correct approach for the individual.

The intervention process will vary contingent on the drug of choice, though most drug interventions consist of a 2-3-day process. First the clinically trained interventionist speaks with the concerned party to gather information. After initial call, should both parties agree to move forward a customized intervention plan will develop, including but not limited to: >who should be involved, where and when the intervention should occur.

Time will be dedicated to prepare the family for the intervention, providing education on the predictable, progressive, chronic disease of addiction. We will also discuss how to practice setting clear boundaries, to support your loved one – though no longer support the addiction.

If the intervention is successful and the addict agrees to accept treatment, they will be transported to the predetermined treatment center as soon as possible. If your loved one refuses to seek treatment, those involved will have no choice but to accept their refusal, and follow through on boundaries established during the intervention process.

Types of Meth Interventions

There are generally two types of addicts who require a crystal meth intervention: binge users and daily users. While there is some overlap in intervention methodologies, there are subtle differences in the type of intervention supports provided.

A binge user is someone who may not use or abuse crystal meth every day, and in fact may go days, weeks, months, or even years without abusing drugs, but once they do, they do so with reckless abandon. Because people are often more willing to give binge users multiple second chances because of the extended periods of abstinence, binge users are often at greater risk of doing harm to themselves or others compared to daily abusers. This is why it is important to stage an intervention with a binge abuser within a short time after an activating event. When staging a successful intervention, timing is everything.

Oftentimes, use continues until drastic consequences, including but limited to: legal, physical, financial or emotional repercussions.  It is at that time, when your message of sobriety and changing life for the better, has the best chance to be heard.

If your loved one is a daily user or abuser of crystal meth, they have come to depend on crystal meth “to feel normal”, and likely suffer from psychological is not physical dependence.  If their abuse has to impact their financial, physical and mental health, the importance of timing can come down to minutes or hours. For example, if an intervention is staged first thing in the morning before your loved one has begun to use, they may be too agitated and distracted to truly engage with the intervention. On the other hand, if the intervention occurs too late in the day, your loved one may be too intoxicated to engage properly during the intervention. Our clinically trained and fully licensed professionals will work collaboratively to determine an optimal time with you and your loved ones to maximize the likelihood of a successful intervention.

Withdrawal Symptoms Following the Meth Intervention

Although the ultimate goal of a meth intervention is to convince the person to stop abusing meth, it is important to understand that they will most certainly undergo withdrawal symptoms, which may include any of the following, either independently or in combination:

Intense physical craving

Tremors, chills, and muscle aches



Long periods of sleep

Increased appetite

Difficulty concentrating

Inability to feel pleasure

Slowed thinking

Suicidal thoughts or actions

While convincing your loved one to seek treatment and detoxify under medical supervision is paramount, this is just the beginning of the recovery process. As your loved one goes through the physical progression through withdrawal, it will also be important to help them understand the underlying psychological reason(s) why they became addicted to crack-cocaine in the first place. It will be critical to develop a recovery plan for your loved to follow as they begin to build a new life, free of substance abuse and the emotional and psychological damage that addiction causes.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

Staging a crystal meth intervention for your loved one can be a difficult decision to make, but it is important to remember that this intervention can mean the difference between life and death. It is also important to remember that a crystal meth intervention is not just for the wellbeing of the addict, it is also for the wellbeing of you and everyone in your loved one’s life.

Whether you are struggling crystal meth addiction or seeking guidance and support for someone you know, we are committed to providing you and your loved one with the care and support you need. For additional information about support for overcoming crystal meth addiction, please contact us today at (312) 625-0024. Help is just a phone call away.


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Regardless of the type of intervention services you are seeking, our team is ready to provide a highly structured, comprehensive intervention approach. We pride ourselves on designing interventions that help families start the journey towards healing. Whether you or a loved one are suffering, we are here to support you. 

Our approach is aimed at helping clients and their families understand the impact that their condition has on their lives. We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our care receives the support and compassion needed to make changes in their lives. 

If you are in need of counseling services, our team of professionals is ready to provide a safe, supportive environment to help you address your substance use or mental health disorder. At AR Intervention, we are committed to ensuring you receive the care and support to begin your recovery journey. We understand that recovery may seem impossible at times. However, there is always hope for a brighter future free of addiction. Our counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you may have. Start your journey with us today!