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Intervention for an Rx Drug Addict

Intervention for an Rx drug addictThe goal of any intervention is to help the addict end the denial associated with addiction and persuade the individual to seek professional help. Interventions can range from a simple conversation between you and the Rx drug user to a planned event initiated and implemented by a trained intervention counselor.

Is There a Need for an Intervention?

People who are addicted to drugs usually do not know their addiction is out of control. While it is obvious for others to see how reckless or harmful an addict’s behaviors are, the prescription pill user has a different perspective. When an addict has a social circle of other drug users, she or he may not see how trapped they are within their own addiction. Therefore, as a friend or family member of an addict you have to determine if there is a need for an intervention.

Ultimately, an intervention is an opportunity for an addict to see how many people care about her or him and how much support she or he has. Friends and family members are letting the abuser know that her or his addictive behavior has a negative impact on their lives as well as the user’s life. These same people are letting the addict know that they care enough to stop looking the other way, become involved and provide support.

Reservations about Interventions

People hesitate before having an intervention because they believe the addict might do the following:

  • Make a scene
  • Move out of the house
  • Drop out of school
  • Use drugs more
  • Retaliate against family members

These are legitimate concerns, but a properly planned intervention offers the gift of recovery and presents the option for calm and rational discussion.

Do Interventions Work?

Interventions do work. In some cases, an informal conversation is enough to increase awareness of the drug problem. Once a prescription pill user recognizes the problem, you can suggest that she or he get an evaluation or have a consultation with a medical or mental health professional. If informal conversations have not been effective, a more structured intervention involves a planned group conversation undertaken under the supervision of a counselor, therapist or other appropriate professional with the express purpose of convincing the person to get help immediately.

Planning an Intervention

The following is advice for planning an effective intervention:

  • An effective number of participants in an intervention is between four to six adults who are close to the addicted individual
  • A licensed intervention professional can help keep the discussion focused and productive, provide an impartial mediator to help resolve conflicts and assist during this emotional experience
  • Plan the intervention so that all people are confident about their role in the process, are aware of the purpose of the intervention and are prepared for anticipated resistance
  • Prearrange the logistics associated with getting that person into treatment including the following:
    • Intake
    • payment plans with the facility
    • luggage packed
    • a ride available to the treatment facility

Get Help Conducting an Intervention

Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today.  We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions. We are here to help.

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