Watching a loved one caught in the downward spiral of morphine addiction is a painful experience, especially if he does not recognize that a problem exists. One way that you can help your loved one recognize the consequences of his actions is by conducting an intervention.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a planned meeting in which family members and loved ones confront the morphine addict and share how his negative behavior has harmed them physically and/or emotionally. Then the addict is given two options: get help or face negative consequences from loved ones. The type of intervention conducted will depend on the situation.
Types of intervention meetings include:
- Family intervention. This is the most commonly-known type of meeting. It focuses on how the addict’s addiction is negatively affecting the family as a whole.
- Emergency intervention. When family members or loved ones believe that an addict is a danger to himself or others, they will hold an intervention immediately. This type of intervention does not involve advance planning, while the others do.
- Workplace intervention. Similar to a family intervention, a workplace intervention is performed by close coworkers and colleagues whom the addict trusts and feels a closeness toward. Many times, these friends are the first ones to see an addiction develop because they spend every day with the addict.
- Teen intervention. The teen years are fraught with high emotions and the need for independence. Confronting a teen addict can be a delicate situation because confrontation can be interpreted as aggression or a threat. In this and other similar circumstances, it is highly beneficial to get help from a professional interventionist before confronting a teen.
The type of intervention that is best for morphine addiction will be determined by the personality, age, and approachability of the addict. This underscores the importance of enlisting the help of an interventionist or mediator.
Hiring an Interventionist
Just as you would interview several rehab facilities to determine the right one for your loved one, you should interview several potential interventionists and then choose the right one based on the situation and the morphine addict’s personality.
Questions to ask an interventionist include:
- What is your fee structure? (i.e., do you work for flat fee, at an hourly rate, on a sliding scale, etc.)
- What steps does an intervention involve?
- What help do you provide the addict and the family before, during, and after intervention?
- When you conduct an intervention, what does the meeting look like? How is it conducted?
- Do you help the family even if the morphine addict doesn’t agree to treatment? If so, how?
- Are you employed by an addiction treatment center, or are you an independent contractor?
- Can you provide references? (If so, follow up by contacting them. If not, then go elsewhere.)
You may have other questions specific to your situation. Be sure to ask as many questions as you like. You do not want to hire an interventionist who will not field questions with patience.
Getting Help for Your Loved One’s Morphine Addiction
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