Codeine Abuse Intervention
It is much easier to stop a problem before it becomes a problem. Substance abuse is very much like making a small snowball that you roll down the hill. With each revolution, it picks up more snow and by the time it finds its way down the hill, the snowball is enormous.
There is a fine line between abuse and addiction, if any at all. So early detection and treatment is vital in making sure people don’t get into major health calamities. Codeine abuse intervention is all about stopping the problem before it gets way too large to handle.
Often starts to control pain
Codeine users don’t always start out by abusing their drug of choice. That is, they don’t use for recreational purposes. Codeine, an opiate, is used to control pain and often an over-the-counter drug may be enhanced with codeine and prescribed to a patient who needs a little stronger medication to handle the symptoms.
It’s actually fairly easy to get into trouble. People don’t follow instructions. They fail to take the prescribed amount at the prescribed times. They reason to themselves that if one pills works, then two must be better. Or they will determine that they need the medication more frequently. However it plays out, when a drug is used for anything other than it’s strict, intended purpose, that’s drug abuse.
Addiction starts slowly!
It’s a gradual process in most cases. People slip into abuse and addiction and are in trouble before they realize that something has gone wrong. That’s what makes it difficult to get them help. After all, it’s just silly to get help for a problem you don’t have, or so it seems.
Family members and friends will most often see the problem long before the abuser or addict sees it. They may say something, but more often then not, they don’t. If they do say something, it’s most likely going to be something like, “Don’t you think you should cut back, or take it easy on that stuff.” It’s probably going to be ignored.
Codeine abuse intervention can help
Codeine abuse intervention is when concerned people act. They confront the abuser. That can be done effectively or very poorly. The most effective interventions are handled by trained professionals, who know exactly how to approach the problem and can orchestrate the activities of all concerned. Usually meetings take place in a neutral setting and family members and friends are invited to write down their feelings about the codeine abuser and read that story to them.
The interventionist is sort of like the tour guide, deciding when each person speaks and keeping control of the situation.
Not a simple process
A codeine abuse intervention is not simple. Sometimes the abuser has a rather negative reaction, sometimes profane, sometimes violent. Once the disease of addiction has taken root, even in it’s early stages, it impacts the user’s ability to reason and act in their best interest.
While codeine can be a very effective medicine, when it is abused it can cause a variety of major health concerns, including but not limited to heart disease and respiratory distress. The brain chemistry changes and the brain is actually fooled into thinking it needs the codeine to function. This makes the user very resistant to treatment, so much so that it sometimes takes the intervention to get them the help they need.
Treatment should be arranged in advance of the codeine abuse intervention
If everything goes according to plan, the interventionist has already arranged for a treatment center to accept the abuser. Nothing is left to chance. The real problem is the abuser is the last person in the room to understand that he/she is sick. They can refuse treatment, even if they have long since past the abuse stage and are well down the road of addiction.
The drug use may have gotten to the point where they have lost a job, a career, social standing, their friends and maybe even their family. The addiction grabs them by the throat and does all the thinking for them. Everybody else is wrong. Family members who seek out the help of an interventionist need to understand that they have an emotional attachment to the one they love and they need to back away and let the interventionist handle the affairs.
The addicted person will always look for a hole in the fence and try to exploit the emotional weakness of a family member. Maybe mom doesn’t want to see her son unhappy, or dad doesn’t believe there is a serious issue, or a brother is more than happy to help them find drugs. The intervention needs to be a collective effort, and solidarity is necessary.
Codeine abuse intervention should be undertaken as soon as possible. The sooner the better. If the first treatment center doesn't work try a different one.
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