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Opioid Addiction Intervention
Concerned loved ones who know someone with an addiction to opioids must look into their options for an addiction intervention.
Opioid Overdose a Cause for Concern
Addiction to prescription opioids is a pervasive chronic disease in America. More than two million Americans abuse prescription opioids annually, contributing to the 15 million people worldwide with prescription drug abuse problems. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years old. In 2016, over 20,000 Americans overdosed on prescription opioids.
These pressing statistics call for immediate prescription drug interventions to prevent further deaths. Concerned loved ones who know someone with an addiction to opioids must look into their options to treat opioid addiction by starting with an intervention. Professional interventionists facilitate these meetings to help affected individuals understand how their substance abuse affects them, their family, friends, and community.
An intervention for one addicted to opioids is a meeting between a patient with a drug addiction, their concerned loved ones, and a trained addiction interventionist. The goal of this meeting is to help the patient proceed to the necessary addiction treatment they need.
The addiction interventionist will facilitate an open dialogue between the patient and their family and friends. During this honest discussion, concerned individuals will talk about how an addicted person’s behavior affects the people around them.
Professional prescription drug abuse interventions involve expert interventionists who plan and organize successful interventions. They offer an organized approach to help the family and friends of an addict prepare for the meeting.
Preparation is a necessary step in prescription-drug interventions. Professional interventionists will present families with the appropriate treatment and detox services for their affected loved ones before proceeding with the formal intervention. Interventionists also help the concerned individuals find the next steps in every possible case after an intervention.
Successful opioid and opiate addiction interventions end with a patient accepting the help they need. In that case, the interventionist will bring the patient to the treatment facility that the patient’s family decided upon during the preparation stage. Interventionists also help the patient’s family adjust while their loved one is away for treatment.
Meanwhile, patients may refuse help. Often, patients will feel cornered and set up when they go through an intervention, leading to anger. Those addicted to prescription opioids may also deny the severity of their substance abuse problem, arguing that they are only taking their prescribed medicine. These concerns may contribute to their reluctance to seek help. Thus, they end up refusing the treatment options their concerned loved ones offer during an intervention.
Another reason they may refuse help is their fear of treatment, since curing opioid dependence may lead to an opioid withdrawal, which can be a painful process of managing opioid withdrawal symptoms. So, addicted patients will attempt self-medication without professional help.
Only professional medical detox can help an addict with their prescription opioid abuse problem. Attempting detox without medical intervention may be life-threatening, which is a valid concern for a patient’s loved ones.
To ensure that a patient accepts the help they need, professional interventionists must help organize the event.
Should a patient refuse the help they need, the family and friends will have prepared their ultimatums. Professional interventionists ensure that the concerned loved ones follow through with their plans.
Addiction to prescription opioids is a chronic dependence. Opioids are a class of drugs that healthcare specialists prescribe to manage various stages of pain. These drugs also produce euphoric effects.
As mentioned, opioid drug misuse and addiction typically begin with a doctor’s recommendation to take opioids as a pain medication. Once the patient experiences relief from the prescription opioids, their bodies tend to seek that pain relief some more. In addition, the euphoric effects are tempting and may make users crave that same pleasurable feeling.
Thus, the opioid dependence progresses. In some cases opioid dependence will become so strong that patients seek pain relief and pleasure from other people’s prescriptions or turn to illegal drugs for cheaper alternatives.
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The addictive properties of prescription opioids make professional intervention necessary to cure the condition. Opioid drug use can be deadly, with many statistics citing death tolls in the tens of thousands. Thus, families and friends of an opioid addict are within their rights to feel concerned for the safety of their loved one and want to find them the addiction treatment they need.
An alcohol and drug addiction intervention will involve a professional interventionist, concerned loved ones, and an addicted patient. The interventionist will facilitate the event, where a patient’s concerned loved ones share their feelings about how the patient’s condition has been harmful to everyone involved.
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A successful intervention should end up with the patient proceeding to medical treatment programs for their drug addiction. The family and friends of an opioid addict must weigh up their options for suitable inpatient treatment methods for their affected loved one which may include inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, or outpatient treatment. Professional interventionists will help concerned loved ones of addict select the best opioid treatment programs from various treatment facilities for the affected individual.