How to Approach an Oxycodone Addict

How to approach an Oxycodone addictAddiction recovery is often begun by an intervention planned by a group of loved ones and professionals. An intervention can provide the motivation an individual needs to get help.

Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction

If you aren’t sure if your loved one is addicted to oxycodone, the following observable behavioral changes can indicate the need for help:

  • Isolating and secretive behavior
  • Lying, stealing or cheating to secure more drugs
  • Money issues for no apparent reason
  • Job issues from not performing or not attending work
  • Irritability/mood swings
  • Cravings for the drug/focused preoccupation on securing more drugs
  • Doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions
  • Drugs, paraphernalia or other evidence of abuse
  • Changes in friends

Another potential sign of addiction is overdose. The signs of oxycodone overdose may include the following:

  • Shallow breathing, possibly to the point of death
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Heart issues
  • Coma
  • Death

You may see these signs of addiction and not know how to help. Learning how to approach an oxycodone addict can save the life of that individual.

Oxycodone Intervention

Each intervention is unique to the person and their situation, but there are some common elements you might want to consider if you are planning to intervene on a loved one’s behalf. Regardless of the outcome, interventions are always founded in love and approached with sensitivity and honesty. Remember, shame and humiliation is not the goal of the intervention. The goal is to get the individual into detox and treatment. The following are a few approaches you may consider using when planning an intervention:

  • Choose a day to hold the intervention
  • Do some research on the drug, treatment programs, detox, intervention approaches, relapse and methodologies involving recovery
  • Call the individual’s counselor (if they have one) to discuss intervention approaches
  • Check with your insurance carrier about treatment costs
  • Consider enlisting the help of a professional interventionists or intervention counselor
  • Remember to keep the process as confidential as possible to provide a safety net for the individual and not add to their burden of shame
  • Call a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration accredited treatment center or hospital about getting help for your loved one
  • Call a group of the individual’s closest and most trusted friends to determine who will be involved in the intervention, when to hold it, who will speak, the topics to be addressed and the handling of delivering the individual into rehab
  • Do everything out of love and not malice, and be sure to say how much you love him or her and why treatment is the only solution
  • Plan an itinerary of events or tasks to accomplish, ending with a ride to detox/rehab

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment and Intervention Help

Is someone you know struggling with an addiction to oxycodone? Our helpline is operated 24 hours by counselors knowledgeable about oxycodone addiction, intervention and treatment. The call is always toll-free, so what better day than today to get help.