If you have a loved one who is addicted to taking pain medication, and you are worried about their overall health and mental state because of their need to continue taking pills, you may want to take steps in conducting an intervention to make them aware of their actions. Prolonged use of pain pills can lead to increased tolerance, making the addicted person increase the amount of pills they take to get relief from pain or the feeling of euphoria associated with opiate medication. Here are some steps you can take when conducting an intervention, possibly persuading your loved one to get the help they need in breaking their addiction.
Pick A Location
When holding an intervention, the location makes a big difference in the response you will receive from your loved one. Select a spot familiar to the addicted person so they do not feel anxious or uneasy when being confronted. A spot where they can retreat easily is recommended so they may stay to listen for a while, knowing they can make a quick exit at any time they wish. If you hold the intervention in a spot where they feel trapped, they will be more inclined to search for a way out and may disregard what you are trying to tell them.
Call anyone your loved one has a connection with, except for other pill users, and ask them to come to an intervention to offer support. You will want positive, caring friends and family who are aware of the problem to be available during the intervention process to speak with your addicted loved one. Pain management addictions are often not as easily recognized as alcohol or illegal drug activity, possibly making the number of participants in the intervention rather low. Do not expose the addiction to people who are unaware of its existence, as this will be embarrassing to your loved one. If you know of people who have displayed their concern about the matter, you can invite them to the intervention process.
Set The Tone
When your loved one arrives, they may be bewildered why you had asked them to come to this location for a meeting. Seeing other loved ones in the room may be a bit unnerving for them as well. Explain gently that you had asked them to come to this spot to discuss their pill usage. At this point, they may try to run out of the room. It is best to let them do so, as they could be surprised or shocked and merely need a few minutes to comprehend the situation. Have everyone stay in the room to see if your loved one returns. If they do, have each person speak about their concern about the pill usage and ask that your loved get help in stopping. Your loved one will listen to this information, and may decide to take the offer for help.
Help With Withdrawal
If your loved one agrees to stop taking pain medication, they will be going through withdrawal symptoms. It is best your loved one is enrolled in a drug treatment center to help relieve the symptoms a bit. This may help with the chance of recovery as they will not fall back on taking the pills if symptoms are not as intense. Treatment may include other medication to help with withdrawal (like opiate treatment), individual and group counseling, and education about the pain pills and their effects on the body. Inform your loved one you are there to help with their recovery, as having someone to rely on will be beneficial during this time.