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New public health policies have brought increased awareness about the opioid crisis in the United States. In the last 22 years, over 840,000 Americans have died from an opioid-related cause. It can be hard to comprehend that these highly addictive drugs are legally prescribed for various types of pain relief, but opioid addiction remains rampant and devastating in the US.
Realizing that a loved one may be addicted to opioids can be alarming, but there are proactive steps you can take to help your loved one who is struggling. Opioid addiction interventions can be an essential tool for breaking the cycle of addiction and connecting your loved one with evidence-based treatment for long-term healing and sustainable sobriety.
What is an Opioid Intervention?
Staging an opioid addiction intervention is an effective way to express concern and compassion to a loved one who is struggling with addiction. During the intervention process, the opioid user’s family and friends, along with a trained interventionist, confront the person about their drug use in a safe and controlled environment. It’s imperative to approach an intervention with empathy and understanding for the drug user and explain that their health and wellbeing are your utmost concern.
The purpose of an intervention is to create an opportunity for open and honest dialogue about how addiction is affecting not only the person using opioids but those around them, as well. Additionally, an intervention provides an opportunity for family and friends to share resources for treatment and encourage their loved one to pursue recovery.
Ultimately, interventions provide a platform for friends and family members to offer support and voice the need for the user to receive professional addiction support. The sooner the opioid user recognizes and accepts that their addiction has severe consequences, the better the outcomes for both the addict and their loved ones.
What Should You Expect During an Opioid Abuse Intervention?
While an opioid abuse intervention can be successful, you must also prepare yourself for the possibility that your loved one may not acknowledge that their addiction is a problem, or refuse treatment of any kind. Although it may be painful, it is important for loved ones to stand their ground and set boundaries if treatment is refused. A professional interventionist can assist you in communicating that addiction is a problem and that you will no longer enable or excuse the detrimental behavior. Remember that these boundaries come from a place of love, not judgment!
Planning an intervention can also be an emotional endeavor. Before you stage the intervention, make sure to seek out resources and familiarize yourself with the process. Reach out to friends and family members to see if they would be willing to participate or offer their support. Ensure all who are involved understand not only the logistics but the emotional piece that comes with confronting an addict that you care about.
It is also a good idea to find a couple of treatment centers in advance in case your loved one is ready to pursue treatment right away. Remember – support is available! Professional interventionists and addiction resources are here to support you during this challenging time.
How Do You Know You Need an Opioid Intervention for Your Loved One?
Opioids are some of the easiest drugs to become addicted to because they are prescribed legally and regularly to treat physical pain. Because of this, it is common for someone to be in denial about their addiction because “a doctor prescribed the pills.”
Additionally, mental illness and drug use often co-occur, and those who struggle with mental illness while experiencing addiction suffer additional risk factors. To make matters more serious, the Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the detrimental effects of mental and physical health issues, leading more people to abuse opioids.
Because of the weight of the situation, it is important to get help now if you are concerned that your loved one is addicted to opioids. Effective interventions combined with behavioral health treatments can improve overall outcomes for opioid users. With professional treatment and a caring community, hope is possible.
Is Now the Time for an Opioid Intervention?
Research has shown that the sooner the intervention takes place, the more effective it can be. If you know your loved one is abusing opioids, then it’s never too early to plan a drug intervention. In 2020 alone, over 90,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses.
Opioid addiction has been classified as an ‘epidemic’ in this country due to the heartbreaking misuse of opioids and drug-related deaths at large. Even worse, if an opioid addict is obtaining opioids illegally, it’s very possible that they will encounter Fentanyl (an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than other opioids on the market.) Fentanyl puts your loved one at an even greater risk of overdose. If your loved one is struggling – reach out for help today.
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An intervention can give your loved one the encouragement and support they need to stop abusing opioids and look forward to a healthier, drug-free future.
Call Addiction Interventions today for a free consultation with a trained interventionist and to start the process of planning an opioid abuse intervention for your loved one. Healing is possible and we are here to support you on the journey ahead.