Planning an Intervention for Oxycodone Abuse

Planning an Intervention for Oxycodone AbuseOxycodone is an opioid pain reliever used in OxyContin, Percocet, and other prescription medications. The US government gave it a more restrictive classification than hydrocodone because it comes with higher risk. Recreational and even medical use can result in an addiction that negatively affects a person’s mental and physical health and risks a potentially lethal overdose or drug interaction. An oxycodone addiction is a neurobiological disease that involves real physical changes in brain chemistry. The challenge to overcome this without help can be difficult, but professional treatment and loved ones’ support can make the difference. This help often starts by staging an intervention.

What Is an Intervention?

In the 1960s, an Episcopal priest and recovering alcoholic named Vernon Johnson promoted the idea of early interventions to reach addicts before they hit rock bottom. More than 50 years later, the modern intervention is a highly refined, indispensible tool to encourage addicts to get professional help. It involves several elements, including the following:

  • Moderator: A respected loved one or professional interventionist who oversees the process and handles all questions during the event
  • Participants: Carefully selected loved ones who read intervention letters and show solidarity in their love, support, and concern for the addict
  • Intervention letters: Prepared statements read during the intervention that express love while recalling firsthand accounts of pain the addiction caused
  • The request: A request for the individual to enter an addiction treatment center immediately

In extreme cases where domestic abuse or risk to children is involved, bottom lines might be used to dictate the consequences for refusing treatment. Generally speaking, though, interventions are meant to motivate the addict by demonstrating love and ending denial.

Planning the Intervention

Proper planning helps maximize the effectiveness of the intervention, and it involves several steps, including the following:

  • Choosing the moderator: Ideally this is a professional interventionist or a person for whom the addict has tremendous respect.
  • Deciding who participates: Avoid people who might enable the addiction or who have conflicts with the addict.
  • Educating: Everyone involved must understand that addiction is a disease of the brain’s reward system and not a failure of will power and character.
  • Writing letters: Participants should learn the fundamentals of an effective intervention letter and write theirs accordingly.
  • Rehearsing: Practice reading the letters to other participants conveying a loving, non-judgmental tone.
  • Gathering materials: Get information and printed brochures from a rehabilitation center that explain addiction treatment in detail.
  • Planning time and place: Have the intervention take place in a nonthreatening location at a time when the addict is unlikely to be high.

During the intervention, participants must be disciplined in maintaining a constructive tone and resist any attempts to get baited into an argument.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

If the addict agrees to professional help, treatment centers can offer a variety of services, including the following:

  • Detoxification under medical supervision
  • Integrated care for mental health issues
  • Individual and group therapy sessions
  • Counseling for past trauma and emotional pain
  • Optional holistic treatments and exercises
  • Non-opioid pain management as needed

When planning the intervention, strongly consider using a professional interventionist, or at least speak with one first. A professional can help evaluate the participants, prepare the letters, oversee rehearsals, secure printed materials, and provide an objective voice during the event.

Get Help Now

Our admissions coordinators are ready to help 24 hours a day with intervention assistance, printed materials, and treatment questions. We can also check health insurance policies for benefits. If you or a loved one struggles with oxycodone abuse, please call our toll-free helpline now.