Misconceptions about Interventions for Hydrocodone Users

Misconceptions about Interventions for Hydrocodone Users

Addiction interventions have been depicted on television shows and in films for decades, often to great dramatic (or comedic) effect. While it is true that in some cases an organized gathering of friends and loved ones with the purpose of forcing an addict to finally understand the gravity of their situation and the pain they are causing their loved ones can be effective, there are a great many misconceptions about these volatile confrontations. If you are considering holding an intervention for someone addicted to hydrocodone it would be wise to disabuse yourself of these misunderstandings.

Interventions Are Risky

Hydrocodone creates both physical and psychological addiction. While the physical aspect of the disease is serious, it is its psychological power that is the most challenging to overcome. Hydrocodone addicts are often unable to understand that they have a problem. It is not that they choose to ignore the effects of their abuse of this narcotic drug; they are psychologically unable to comprehend the situation. When that psychological addiction is challenged directly it can have explosive results.

Interventions Often Don’t Work

In most film or television depictions interventions result in contrition and a willingness to get help. In real life this is often not the case. Professional interventionists train friends and family to use the meeting as a time to clearly articulate concerns and feelings and to establish healthy boundaries that will be enforced if the addict refuses to get help. Those boundaries may include being cut-off financially or relationally. In many cases the addict must first feel the pain of hitting “rock bottom” before they will seek help.

Interventions Should Be a Last Resort

Although any individual’s attempt to confront someone about their growing hydrocodone problem could rightly be considered a type of intervention, formal group gatherings should only be a last resort. Before organizing an intervention the following should be tried:

  • Lovingly and patiently communicate your support of the individual and your concern
  • Remove anything that may be enabling the addict to continue in their disease (financial support, etc)
  • Invite the addict to engage in recovery counseling with you
  • Offer books, articles, or other resources that may open the addict’s eyes

If you have tried everything and are interested in seeing if an intervention may be effective, enlist the support and counsel of a professional interventionist. There is plenty of work for you to do before any intervention is attempted.

Interventions Are Just the Beginning of Recovery

Be prepared for every possible result. If the addict refuses help be prepared to enforce potentially difficult boundaries. If they do agree to get help have that help lined up and ready. Many interventionists have rehab programs lined up and ready for immediate entry after the meeting. Be prepared for the long journey to recovery that follows a successful intervention. Healing takes time and your long-term commitment to helping the addict can have an enormous impact on their eventual success.

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