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The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Opium Use

The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Opium UseWhen you recognize that a loved one is suffering from substance abuse to a drug like opium, knowing exactly what to do can be very difficult. One word that immediately comes to mind is intervention. When an addict refuses to admit they have a problem, an intervention should be held. An intervention is a planned action of confrontation by family and friends for the one suffering from the addiction.

Opium is a highly addictive narcotic drug that is bitter and a sort of yellowish-brown color, and it is primarily smoked. The dried juice of unripe pods from the opium poppy are mixed with alkaloids like codeine, paraverine and morphine to prepare the drug.

Holding an Intervention

When planning the intervention, you should try to only include people who are important in the person’s life – people whom the user sees as relatable and caring. This should be a combination of family and friends, old and new, young and old. Treatment options and the appropriate approach to take should be discussed in a meeting prior to the intervention. Your group should not be too large, or else the user might feel they are being attacked and become defensive.

The leader of the event should be chosen carefully, and he or she should be the person the addict most trusts and finds the least threatening. You should choose a time of day when the person is less likely to be under the influence of opium, and try to hold the intervention in a place that he or she will feel most comfortable.

Make sure each person in the intervention is prepared to speak about how the loved one’s opium addiction has affected his or her life being sure to focus on what the using individual means to each speaker. Listen to what your loved one has to say. Above all, be supportive, loving and respectful.

Where to Go For Help

Holding an intervention for an opium user is a necessary step in putting a loved one on the path to recovery, but approaching the situation correctly is vital. We can help you if you need assistance planning an intervention or deciding if an intervention is necessary. Call our toll-free number, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a non-judgmental environment.