Many Vicodin addicts avoid or refuse treatment until they hit rock bottom. They may convince themselves that their addiction is not serious, because Vicodin is a prescription drug that treats pain. This denial is one of many reasons that an intervention may be necessary for Vicodin addicts to seek treatment. Interventions have helped addicts since they were developed by Dr. Vernon Johnson in the 1960’s; his model of intervention has been used repeatedly for Vicodin addicts, and it may help your loved one recover.
Dangers of Vicodin Addiction
Vicodin addicts risk many health consequences as they keep using. They may experience anxiety, paranoia, nausea, vomiting, sedation and even liver damage, especially after addiction develops, which may also lead to severe withdrawal symptoms if someone goes long enough without a dose. On top of the health consequences of Vicodin addiction, social and legal troubles can also occur. Addicts may illegally purchase or possess Vicodin to feed their addictions, and they may steal or commit fraud to get enough money for Vicodin. These can lead to legal problems, but social problems are also incredibly common for Vicodin addicts. When an addict lies to and manipulates loved ones to get drugs, they damage relationships and harm their primary support groups. This is where interventions can help.
How the Johnson Model Intervention Works
In the Johnson model intervention, an addict’s friends and family unite to confront their loved one about addiction. Before confronting the addict, these people may meet with an interventionist to plan what they will say and when to hold the meeting. The addict’s family will also work closely with the interventionist to plan out treatment should the addict agree to it.
During a Johnson model intervention, the addict enters the intervention unknowingly. In other words, she might simply be coming home from work and walk into the intervention. As established by its creator, the Johnson model intervention then has the addict’s loved ones share how they have been damaged by the addict. Following this, the addict is given options of which treatment she could enter, or she will face consequences.
The Johnson model intervention is particularly effective for addicts whose loved ones enable use. Additionally, those who do not fully understand the damage of their addiction might also benefit from the Johnson model. By hearing what their loved ones have to say, addicts have the full scope of their addiction laid out before them.
Help Preparing a Johnson Model Intervention
While interventions help addicts see the need for treatment, there are several intervention types, and you may have many questions about planning and conducting a successful meeting. Therefore, please call our toll-free helpline for instant help. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about intervention models and addiction treatment options.