Intervention is a term that is used to refer to the efforts geared towards helping people who are abusing or addicted to drugs to get off them. People get addicted to different substances for different reasons. Addiction has a lot of negative impacts on their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Drugs are chemical substances (naturally occurring or man made) which change the chemical composition of the body and brain cells, altering their functions. Different drugs have different effects on the body and mind and different intensities of the same effects.
For instance: stimulants such as crack cocaine, methamphetamine and Ritalin etc. speed up the CNS and brain activity, depressants such as buprenorphine, morphine, heroin and hydrocodone etc. slow the functioning of the same while hallucinogens alter cognitive functions.
Drug use and abuse
Drugs are further categorized into prescription medication/ medicine and recreational drugs. The former are drugs for treating ailments and are prescribed by doctors/ pharmacists with instructions on how much should be taken, at what intervals, for how long and what should be avoided when taking that particular medication.
Recreational drugs on the other hand are taken for leisure and do not have any particular intake instructions. Drug abuse is the intake of prescription drugs against or without prescription or the intake of recreational drugs in very high amounts which is usually damaging to an individual’s health and life.
Prolonged use and abuse of drugs increases tolerance which is a reduced response (by the body and mind) for the drugs; forcing one to take higher doses of the same drugs for the same effects. Increased tolerance leads to physical dependence and addiction. Intervention is important at any stage to prevent any of Levitra the stages from developing into the next phase and worsening.
Intervention at addiction
When one is already abusing drugs and is addicted, the only intervention that can be given to avoid an overdose, death and all the other negative impacts is to help the abuser or addict get off the drugs.
The first step to intervening in a drug abuse or addiction situation is to help the addict understand their position and the impact their abuse and addiction has on them and others. One can then get the addicts to enroll in a treatment program which will help with the technicalities of getting off the drug, which is generally the goal of an intervention.
Treatment and therapy
A comprehensive treatment for drug addiction is carried out through detoxification and therapy. In addition to these two processes, a non-judgmental environment, positive attitude from the addicts and counselors/ detox doctors, constant monitoring of the addict and their progress, support from loved ones and other addicts and an individually tailor- made plan for each addict are very important in ensuring success of the whole treatment program.
This is also called detox or medical treatment of addiction. It is the process through which withdrawal of the drug is done by treating the consequent withdrawal symptoms to help cleanse the body of the substance. Withdrawal of the drug should always be done gradually to avoid the onset of nasty withdrawal symptoms and the gradual process enables the body to metabolize and eliminate whatever drug residue is in the system.
Therapy is also an important part following intervention for it helps the addicts address their addiction better, get over the withdrawals and keep off the drug after detoxification to avoid relapse.