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Does heroin addiction require family intervention?

Heroin addiction is dangerous, and heroin creates intense physical and psychological cravings. Someone addicted to heroin requires professional intervention. Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, and it is typically injected but could also be smoked or snorted. Prescription pain medication has similar effects to heroin. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among people aged 12 or older, the percentage who were past-year heroin users increased from 0.2% in 2002 to 0.3% in 2019. In addition, among people aged 12 or older, 50,000 people-initiated heroin use in the past year, which was lower than the numbers in most years from 2002 through 2018.

Family intervention for heroin addiction motivates the addict to seek help for their addiction. It is challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. The direct heart-to-heart conversation may not be enough, and a formal intervention should be organized. Family intervention is a more focused approach and is effective, especially when a professional interventionist is hired. Someone who struggles with addiction is often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects that their addiction has on themselves and their family.

An intervention is a carefully planned process that may be done by family and friends but works best with a professional interventionist helping. During the intervention, family and friends come together and confront the addict, asking them to accept help—if the addict does not accept treatment, then the family presents an ultimatum. A family intervention presents specific examples of destructive behaviors and their impact on the family and addict. In addition, the intervention provides prearranged treatment with clear steps, goals, and guidelines. Each person taking part in the intervention has something specific to say. Overall, intervention is the most successful approach a family can take to help someone addicted to heroin.

Sources-https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR1PDFW090120.pdf

Heroin Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Heroin is a dangerous, addictive drug and creates intense physical and psychological addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are difficult to manage without the help of medical detox. Medical detox providers use medications and therapies to ease symptoms. Withdrawal management is essential to control withdrawal symptoms before starting residential rehabilitation. Within the first six to twelve hours after stopping the use of heroin, the drug user experienced withdrawal symptoms. Within one to three days, the withdrawal symptoms peak, and after one week, they subside. However, symptoms can persist for weeks or even months without proper help.

Following a medically supervised detox, the next step is residential rehabilitation. Long-term treatment is the better option because programs last three to six months or longer. Short-term residential programs are also effective, and outpatient rehabilitation is usually a viable aftercare support option. Rehabilitation should be well-rounded and provide the addict with everything they need. Aftercare would involve 12-step meetings or peer support, and this is important to assist with maintaining sobriety.

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