How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict

How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict

Those who have loved ones addicted to hydrocodone are generally very worried about them and anxious for them to get help. Unfortunately, denial is part of the addiction picture, and those who need help often don’t seek it. John Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, spoke of a large “denial gap” affecting those with drug abuse issues. He noted that those who come in contact with people who are addicted have a responsibility to find ways to help them, and that the earlier that occurs, the better.

Dangers of Hydrocodone Addiction

Addiction affects people physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and financially. The physical results of hydrocodone addiction include side effects, overdose effects, and withdrawal symptoms. The list of possible physical effects is long and includes everything from cold- and flu-type symptoms to severe pain, depression and anxiety. An overdose can be fatal. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs, especially sedatives, is also very dangerous.

Planning an Intervention for Someone Addicted to Hydrocodone

To overcome drug abusers’ denial, family and friends often stage interventions, in which drug users are confronted with their situation and urged to get help. There are several things to think about when considering this plan of action.

  • Who will be part of the intervention group? Whether to bring in a professional or to proceed with only friends and family is an important decision. It’s generally wise to bring in a professional if the addicted person has a history of violence, suicidal talk or behavior, or serious mental illness. It is also wise to enlist professional help if the person is addicted to several substances.
  • When will it occur? It can take a few weeks to plan an intervention. When choosing the time, try to anticipate when the addicted person is likely to be most receptive and less likely to be incapacitated from drug effects. It is also important to plan a time when all appropriate family members and friends who wish to attend can do so.
  • Where will the intervention be held? Generally, a private home where the addicted person feels comfortable is best. It isn’t wise to hold interventions in addicts’ own homes because they can easily ask the group to leave and threaten to call the police if they do not.
  • What will occur during the meeting? Everyone who attends the intervention should be asked to bring a letter written to the addicted person. Letters should express affection and concern and should detail behavior that has been observed. They should state that the person is expected to enter treatment and note changes the letter-writer will make if the person does not do so. Letter should avoid accusations and hostility. Generally the letters are read aloud during the meeting. At the end of the meeting the person will be asked to enter a treatment facility that has already been selected and is ready to receive the individual. The person is expected to decide at that time.

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