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Planning an Intervention for Opium Abuse

Planning an Intervention for Opium Abuse Interventions require information and preparation. They can be an essential tool in helping a loved one recover from addiction, but a successful intervention does not happen on impulse. Families can plan interventions themselves, but the most effective opium abuse interventions will be planned with the help of addiction recovery professionals. Opium is the parent drug of many of today’s powerful opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, and morphine. These substances can radically change how a person thinks and behaves, and friends and families do not always have the knowledge or ability to handle situations involving active addictions.

Benefits of Professional Intervention Help

Opium addiction is difficult enough to manage on its own, and Jeff Jay explains in Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention that “alcoholics and addiction may be facing problems that go beyond chemical dependency, making intervention more complicated. In these cases, a professional interventionist should be present for the rehearsal and the intervention.” Families and friends are there to offer support, encouragement, and understanding, but they cannot safely manage situations involving depression, violence, or trauma. Professional interventionists develop an intervention plan that is tailored to the specific individual, his addiction, and any co-occurring complications such as multiple addictions or mental health concerns. Interventionists will be present during the meeting itself to ensure the safety of all participants and to keep conversations effective and on track.

What Happens during an Opium Abuse Intervention?

A well-planned intervention looks nothing like the dramatic events portrayed on television and in movies. Family members, friends, and the addict come together for an emotional but calm meeting in which opium addiction is discussed, participants read letters about the effects of addiction and resources for recovery are suggested and offered. Individuals often accept help, but, even if they do not, an intervention leaves the door open for further conversations and sets standards for what behaviors and actions will and will not be accepted in the future. Interventions allow family members and friends to come together and create a unified front that supports the addicted individual’s recovery but does not engage in any enabling behaviors.

Find Intervention Resources

If you are ready to help your loved one end his addiction, we are here to connect you to resources for family mediation, intervention, and recovery. Call our helpline to learn more about your options from caring and confidential admissions coordinators. We are here 24 hours a day and all calls are toll free, so please don’t wait to get the help you and your loved one need.