Addiction Interventions and Withdrawal

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Believe it or not, withdrawal and detox after the drug abuse intervention is the easiest point of the recovery process for the addict or alcoholic.  Getting through the physical pain while medically supervised is far less difficult than facing the problems that caused them to become dependent in the first place.  Through our intervention program, families understand what happens to the person once they’re off of the drugs or alcohol.  They understand that the substance abuse was just the solution to the underlying problems their loved one was facing.

Heroin or other opiates and benzodiazepines, for example. prior to going through a drug addiction intervention (when the addict is still using), will have physical withdrawal symptoms upon arriving at treatment.  Opiates, benzo’s and alcohol which are classified as depressants, are drugs that are both physically addictive as well as mentally addictive.  Stimulants for example, crack, meth etc are primarily only mentally addicting with little or no uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like with alcohol or opiates, although stimulant drugs are equally as powerful of an addiction mentally.  Drugs like alcohol and opiates, when legally prescribed, can have a strong psychological justification because alcohol and medically prescribed painkillers are legal.  Even when illegal opiates are obtained there is a certain sense of justification that they are ingesting a clean narcotic and not some street junk.

There is a probability of death when coming off of drugs like alcohol and benzodiazepines, making a medically supervised detox a must.  After detox or physical withdrawal is over, the addict or alcoholic must now face the long road of mental withdrawal in which they must face themselves without the crutch of drugs or alcohol to mask the pain.  In the case of a person who is going through an alcohol intervention it is not uncommon for alcoholics to still have jobs or families.  In fact many times families of alcoholics hold off doing anything because it appears that there is hope the alcoholic can fix the problems themselves or that it is not as bad as it seems.

The point to take away here is that no matter what kind of addiction intervention your friend or family member is going to have, they need comfort that they have friend and family to help support their recovery as they experience both mental and physical changes as they go through treatment  It’s going to be a bumpy road, but they can make it through as long as they have your help and the help of an interventionist.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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