Methadone Intervention

Methadone interventionWatching a friend sink deep into addiction can devastating. While you may see symptom after symptom of addiction, some friends refuse to acknowledge their problem, even when their lives begin to spin out of control. If you are considering holding an intervention for a friend or loved one addicted to methadone, take some time to plan thoughtfully in order to help your friend begin the path to recovery.

What is an Intervention?

There are two types of interventions, formal and informal. Informal interventions are impromptu, casual conversations initiated to discuss the addiction friend-to-friend. For example, you may have noticed your friend is not socializing as often as before, or that she is spending money in excess with no new belongings, so you ask some questions. As mentioned, informal interventions are impromptu (therefore not necessarily planned), and are typically just one friend expressing concern for another. This type of intervention should precede a formal intervention.

Formal interventions are the type everyone knows about: several friends, family members, and/or loved ones gather together to challenge a person about his behavior, recommending that he seek help for his addiction. Formal interventions require planning since they can backfire if conducted improperly. The reason for this is that interventions are a calculated risk, not a certainty—holding an intervention will not ensure that the addict seeks help. However, if planned and handled well, formal interventions can lead addicts to treatment.

Tips for Having an Intervention

  • Many informal interventions should precede a formal intervention. Have several conversations with this person before confronting her with a formal intervention, or else she can feel attacked and misunderstood. Many informal interventions could help as it is, but only proceed to plan a formal intervention if these informal ones fail to produce results.
  • Keep your groups from six to ten people rather than inviting all of his friends and family. Having a small, intimate group of friends with whom he readily relates enables him to confide the truth to his trusted supporters rather than making him feel like he’s confessing to a congregation. Larger groups may also encourage him to lie in order to placate the crowd rather than give a heartfelt account for his actions. Keep the group number small.
  • Members of the group must use a variety of verbal tactics. While the group wants to confront this person, they also want to spur her toward treatment, so group members must speak carefully. Presenting facts about the addict’s behavior rather than insults about her character or choices will produce better results. Also, be encouraging, reminding her that the group is there because they care for her.
  • Timing plays a critical role as well. For instance, if someone has gone through a binge, waiting until he is sober enough to listen may determine whether or not he responds well. Plan for a time when he will be sober and unhindered by pressing social or work engagements.

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