Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a powerful prescription drug that can create both a physical and psychological dependency. People who abuse this drug often suffer from a number of physical side effects, such as shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizures, nausea and jaundice. In addition, Vicodin users also experience a variety of psychological side effects, including anxiety, frequent mood swings, confusion and agitation. All of these symptoms can create a life-threatening situation for any user, and they can cause the user to damage her loved ones. In response, the friends and family members of a Vicodin addict may want to hold an intervention to promote recovery.
Help Planning an Intervention for Vicodin Abuse
You can take many actions to plan an intervention for a Vicodin addict, but consider taking the following steps:
- Decide on a time – Timing is everything, and this rings true when it comes to interventions. Work with the people who will participate in the intervention to pick a time for the meeting. Try to guess when the addict will be sober, and plan the meeting for that time. Vicodin abuse interventions work well when the user has reached rock bottom, or when he is in imminent danger.
- Determine who will be involved – Vicodin interventions do not need to include everyone the addict knows. As a matter of fact, the smaller the group, the more effective the intervention can be. With fewer people, a more intimate setting is created and more communication can occur between both the Vicodin user and his loved ones
- Plan ahead for addiction treatment – Line up treatment at a rehab center before you hold the intervention so that your loved one can enroll immediately if she decides to seek recovery. This means that you and your loved ones should prepare travel arrangements and complete the admissions process of a rehab center so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
In addition to deciding on when to hold the intervention, determine who should be involved and make plans for treatment to make the intervention worthwhile. It is also important to hire an interventionist to mediate the intervention so it is as successful as possible.
Family Treatment for Vicodin Addiction
While it is incredibly important for a Vicodin user to get into treatment for his drug abuse, it is equally as important for the addict’s loved ones to get treatment as well. Going to family therapy can help loved ones understand addiction, learn how to cope with painful emotions and to develop new skills geared towards supporting recovery. In other words, families must also heal from the effects of addiction so that they can also promote recovery.
Help Planning a Vicodin Intervention
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