Opiate abuse interventions are by far our most common drug intervention. If you have experience with an opiate addict in your life, you know what a nightmare life has become in a short amount of time and many of you have lived that nightmare much longer than you anticipated. Most opiate abuse addicts are introduced innocently to the drug by way of a doctor, usually some kind of operation or acute pain issue. Typically it will be a variation of Codeine (Tylenol 3), Hydrocodone (including Vicodin), or Oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet, Oxycontin) but there are many forms of prescription opiate drugs made available so readily available to the public. When a person takes an opiate for more than the recommended time or the doctor continues to prescribe them, a dependency forms and makes them feel ill without them. Flu-like symptoms such as, nausea, body aches, runny nose, diarrhea and vomiting all start to happen and once the opiate is taken again, these ailments go away magically. That’s the hook, the deadly hook.
Mixing an opiate with pot and alcohol creates a euphoria unlike any other. It is perceived often by many unknowing experimenters that adding a “Perc” (Percocet) or an “Oxy” (Oxycontin) will enhance a person’s mood and help them party better, basically feel better than the norm. After a few times of this, one pill doesn’t bring the same euphoria so it’s two pills now. Then two doesn’t do it so it’s four, six, eight at a time or more, multiple times daily now to avoid the withdrawal effects caused without it. Next comes crushing the pills and snorting or injecting them to get a faster and better high. On the streets opiate pills cost on average $1 per milligram. We routinely see clients taking 150-200 mgs daily and even that rises in time.
Opiate abuse makes everyone completely change into someone or something else. Many parents we have met have become a slave to their children, giving them money every day to use the opiates they are addicted to, normally with an exchanged promise to seek help or “get better”. Divorce is common in this addiction as well as loss of child custody, jobs, possessions, credit and money.
Overdoses are common with opiate abuse, so common that most counties in many states, the laws have been changed to allow easier access to Narcan or Naloxone, the drug administered to one who has overdosed which reverses the effects of the opiate taken and can potentially revive a person. Instead of waiting for the EMT’s, parents are actually given this drug to administer to their child because an OD is deemed as likely based on history. Narcan is becoming more of a household name now but it’s only a band-aid solution. Like any addiction, it takes more than a drug to fix this problem. Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone maintenance programs are the most common short term medicinal approaches to handling the opiate addiction but it’s only physical. One has to handle what went wrong before and during drug abuse to truly handle the addiction of today. Long term inpatient treatment is always advised and most optimal. Anyone who has beaten addiction will tell you that it takes work to beat it, not more medication.
We thrive to beat opiate abuse interventions as they have been our most performed and most successful intervention for years now. Opiate addiction is going to be the same for every addict and their families. There are very small nuances from one story to the next. From the experimentation, to the shady friends, to the dependency, to things missing, pawned or sold, to the needle, baggies and straws found to the occasional 911 call and trip to the hospital for an overdose, to the promise that they will quit, the trip to detox and back home again, etc, etc, etc. It’s all the same, just a different person hooked.
Stop this madness and put trust into people who know this addiction cold and know the habits, reactions and patterns of it. Call us and let us help with your opiate intervention so it’s the last time you ever deal with it again.