The most common cycle of addiction involving OxyContin is a user who begins using opiates occasionally, then over time becomes physically addicted and begins using daily. OxyContin in America is a growing problem. Opiate drugs are narcotic sedatives that depress activity of the central nervous system, reduce pain and induce sleep. After becoming physically addicted, there is a 60 percent likelihood of becoming an IV drug user within the next three years. It is important to understand that statistically less than 1 percent of opiate addicts quit using without the aid of some form of intervention or OxyContin treatment help. If you suspect your loved one is addicted to OxyContin and you’ve attempted to persuade them that they have a problem with no success, then an action plan for intervention may be your next step.
The Importance of an Intervention or a Family Mediator
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or often many people (usually family and friends in conjunction with an intervention expert) to persuade an individual to seek professional help with their addiction. The sole purpose of any type of treatment program, like rehab, is to help addicts and their families overcome addiction through the process of intervention, treatment and recovery. The ultimate goal of an OxyContin intervention is to empower the addict to escape from their seemingly hopeless addiction. It is a mission to aid in the loving rehabilitation of the addict as well as to find ways to heal the relationships with family and friends that have been damaged as a result of the addiction.
OxyContin addiction is a very troubling experience for everyone involved. It is not easy to passively observe someone you love make decisions that are clearly following a path of self-destruction. Before you begin to prepare for an OxyContin addiction intervention, you need to prepare yourself.
OxyContin addiction is an emotional issue for those who care about the person struggling with the disease and confronting anyone on any subject can be difficult, especially something as life-threatening and serious as opiate addiction. Try to process your emotions on the subject through a personal therapist or a trusted friend or family member before you begin. Make time for yourself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes, to relax and rest, flip through a magazine, listen to music, take a walk – anything that will take your mind off the pressures of the moment. If you are in high-stress mode, the intervention will be stressful for you and for everyone else as well.
What is the OxyContin intervention process?
An OxyContin intervention process can follow six steps:
- Call. Research available and trusted rehabilitation facilities with licensed professionals who have extensive knowledge of opiate addiction. If you do not initiate the process, your loved one may never get the help that they need and that fear will continue to be present in your life.
- Consult. After listening to and assessing your situation, the treatment center will be able to recommend the next best step. Because each individual is different, they will need to tailor the best approach to reach your loved one.
- Enlist Others. This step is crucial. Those who will be involved in the actual intervention process should be chosen wisely. Consider the individual’s history.
To ensure positive results, the intervention should be performed together with family, close friends, and a team of professionals who are experts in the OxyContin intervention field. If you have a loved one who suffers from OxyContin addiction, please take the first step.
- Who has your loved one been the closest to over the years?
- Who has he/she felt the most secure with?
- Who would this person turn to for help with other types of problems?
Parents, siblings, spouses, significant others, friends, even children can all be part of the process. Give them as much information as possible and be as accessible to them as you can, allowing yourself the space you need to maintain your own emotional equilibrium. This could be just as much of an emotional issue for them as it is for you.
Some topics you may wish to cover with your family concerning the addiction intervention include:
- What to expect at the addiction intervention
- What they will be expected to say and when
- The two possible outcomes of the intervention (your loved one choosing rehab or not)
- What to expect after your loved one has gone to rehab
- Plan. From here, hopefully a plan can be put into motion about what’s next. A drug intervention expert can arrange a meeting with you to discuss arrangements for a treatment center, potential dates for the intervention to take place, and other logistical concerns.
- Act. On the day before the intervention is scheduled, meet with a drug intervention expert or family mediator to prepare you for the intervention. All of those who have chosen to participate will have an opportunity to rehearse what they would like to say. The interventionist will coach you on what to and what not to do in a variety of different scenarios that could potentially unfold.To best increase your chances of successfully getting your loved one into rehab, announcing your intent to impose an intervention is not the best idea. The element of surprise helps ensure that your loved one will actually show up for the event, an unpleasant experience even when executed correctly and without judgment. The best way to prepare your loved one is to be gentle but firm with them at the intervention itself, impress upon them the serious nature of their addiction as well as your intent to help them get better through a stay at rehab.
- Heal. Once your loved one makes the decision to accept the help that they are being offered, transport them to the treatment center. Now the recovery process can begin – for everyone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an OxyContin addiction and you’d like help with scheduling an intervention or family mediator, we can help. Please call us at (866) 872-6490.