An opiate intervention cannot be set into a small time-frame, this is because opiate abuse and addiction are experienced differently by every individual addict and there can also be several other contributing factors that play an active role, such as a physical or mental condition. Opiates will have very particular craving cycles as well as other addiction associated behaviors. It could take up months after the initial intervention of intensive treatment to fully recover from the opiate addiction.
There is a chance that the person abusing opiates may not have noticed their behavior changes, or are unable to realize that opiate use is a problem or was causing other life problems. An intervention with the person can be a tough trial, with the correct steps taken, an effective response and real recovery can result.
Help an Opiate Abuser with an Intervention
During the opiate intervention there is a possibility of a verbal or physical altercation with other family members, threats to move out of the town, threats to drop out of school, the person may increase the amount of opiate use or hide its use, or even seek revenge against friends or other family that attempt an opiate intervention. So be ready for anything that could happen. The person you are helping will more than likely object to the entire event, and they may try to deny the notion that anything is even wrong in the first place. At first, they could feel violated, disrespected and betrayed by all of the family and friends who are involved in the intervention. They may react with anger at everyone at the event, assuming that they feel accusations about them. They might be verbally abusive and possibly physically abusive as a diversion and evasion tactic from the subject at hand. Being prepared for all of this to happen will help ensure that everyone stays calm and on track while focused on the end goal.
No matter what happens, in the end, it is important never to lose sight of your end goal, even if a person accepts help they will need your continued support to make their choice of sobriety stay.