Dealing with an opioid addiction can be extremely difficult. Addiction not only involves the physical need of a drug. It includes most of an individual’s psychological and emotional aspects. Every year, thousands of drug and opioid addicts and their families struggle to find an alternative to ending addiction’s vicious circle. An option that can help families tackle the situation directly is by holding an intervention with their loved ones. We invite you to keep reading as we discuss more about interventions, the best time to perform one and how an intervention works.
When is the time for an Intervention?
Drug and opioid addiction affect millions of people across the country every year. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), drug addiction is a disorder involving most of an individual’s life. This includes their personal relationships, family, work, and other aspects. Addiction to drugs and opioids have claimed the lives of many people around the U.S. for decades. According to the CDC (centers for disease control and prevention), there were more than 72,000 overdose deaths recorded in the U.S. during 2017. Out of the many drugs available fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives were the primary cause of overdoses during 2017 in the U.S.
Many deaths by drugs and other drug abuse problems can be prevented. This can be achieved by what is called an “intervention.” An intervention is a process in which people close to an addicted person (friends and family) sit down with him or her and let them know they need to make an effort to deal with their situation. The primary goal of an intervention is to persuade a person to enter a rehabilitation program.
The best time for intervention cannot be clocked with mathematical precision. However, looking for visible signs of drug abuse can help you determine it is time for an intervention. Some of the symptoms a loved one, or someone you know is struggling with addiction include:
- Blood-shot eyes
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of interest in participating in regular activities
- Skipping classes or work
- Erratic or compulsive behavior
- Obvious changes in weight
If you see some of these symptoms or have reason to believe a person is going through an addiction problem, that should be enough to let you know it is time to intervene.
How Does an Intervention Work?
Most people have good intentions when it comes to staging an intervention. However, following through the entire process can do more harm than good if it is not approached appropriately. Some of the steps you must follow when deciding to perform an intervention include:
Contacting a Professional
A person who is struggling with addiction often have been involved in different problems with people they know, or somehow their addiction has impacted the lives of those around him or her. An intervention can be emotionally charged, especially when it comes to trying to save a loved one. It is always recommended to contact a professional with experience performing interventions. Some of the professionals you can contact include social workers, interventionists, rehab specialist, or someone the addicted person respects and looks up to.
Creating the Intervention Setting
Creating a setting is essential to a successful intervention. The last thing you want is to bring an addicted person to an emotionally charged and cold place. Instead, try to prepare an environment that results inviting to the person. Try to make it a place he or she associates with a safe space. This can help relax any tensions and set the tone for the intervention.
Make sure to gather as much information as you can, pertaining to your loved one’s condition. Knowing what drug addiction is is as important as knowing what an intervention is. By educating yourself on the subject, you’ll be in a better position of understanding what your loved one is going through and how to approach the situation.
There is no telling how an intervention will run. In some cases, the person recognizes there is a problem that needs solving, and they will be willing to go through a rehabilitation process. In other situations, the environment can turn hostile and have negative results. To have a successful intervention and to avoid an adverse outcome, it is always recommended you talk to an experienced intervention professional who can guide you through the entire process.
We Can Help You Fight Your Opioid Addiction in a Unique Way
Symetria Recovery® is dedicated to offering an outpatient treatment to all our clients. We are passionate believers that you do not have to sacrifice everything in your life to get treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation program. We have created the Symetria Method ® which combines medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and behavioral counseling to address not only the physical aspect of addiction but the emotional and psychological aspects as well. To learn more about our innovative approach to opioid addiction rehabilitation, call Symetria Recovery today at (888) 782-6966.