Watching a family member or friend suffer from addiction is sad and frustrating. Vicodin addiction can upset an individual’s life, leaving his or her loved ones with the question of what to do next.
Many people are so intimidated by interventions that they hesitate to hold one, thinking it might drive the addict further away. Additionally, there are negative stigmas associated with interventions that leave people with the wrong idea of what they involve and what they are meant to accomplish. These misconceptions can harm addicts by putting their loved ones in the difficult place of being afraid to do something that could lead the addict toward recovery.
Why Hold an Intervention for Vicodin Use?
Vicodin is made of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is the opiate narcotic responsible for the drug’s pain relieving properties as well as its addictive potential. Vicodin acts on the dopamine receptors to produce a calming effect. Due to its potential for addiction and dangerous side effects, Vicodin should not be taken without a prescription or in larger doses than prescribed. Aside from the physical and mental effects of Vicodin, there is also the psychological aspect of addiction, which often makes an addict seem like a different person than he or she was before using drugs.
Overcoming the Misconceptions about Interventions
Common misconceptions about drug interventions include the following:
- An intervention is a guilt trip. Many people believe the point is to make the addict feel so ashamed about his or her behavior that he or she will be morally obligated to accept treatment. However, it is a forum for loved ones to express their concerns and the way the addiction has affected each of them personally. This may naturally incite feelings of guilt or failure on the part of the addict, but if loved ones express their love in spite of all the addict’s bad decisions, this should reinforce the idea that everyone is there to help rather than hurt the addict.
- An intervention will alienate the addict. It’s difficult not to worry that an expression of negative sentiment could lead the addict further into addiction. But interventions are meant to show the addict that he or she is not alone in hopes to move him or her toward recovery and rebuilding broken relationships.
- People just say whatever they are thinking during interventions. It’s true that it presents a chance for honest communication, and sometimes that can be painful. But an intervention is a carefully planned process, and the communication is well thought-out and facilitated by an interventionist.
Vicodin Addiction Treatment
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