Types of Addiction an Intervention Helps With


There are many types of addiction, and a number of drugs a person may become addicted to, and they produce negative effects when ingested to excess. Some of them make the person feel euphoric, while others create a sense of calm and relaxation. It’s possible to become physically dependent on a drug, or the urge to keep using can be psychological in nature.

Opiate Addiction

Opiates are also known as narcotics. They include drugs such as:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Oxycontin
  • Oxycodone

Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs used to treat insomnia and anxiety. They can be addictive when used for a long period of time or at a higher dose than prescribed by a doctor. This classification of drugs includes:

  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Paxil

Stimulant Addiction

Stimulants are taken to produce a “high” and include drugs like cocaine and meth.

Whatever type of addiction your loved one is involved in, keep in mind that an addict is no longer in control of the situation. Once addiction takes hold, it is calling the shots. The person can’t decide to stop or make the best choices about his or her behavior. Waiting for them to hit bottom or ask for help to get to a drug rehabilitation program isn’t the best way to deal with the situation.

Take Control Away from the Addiction

If you decide to wait for the “right” time to seek help for your loved one, you are letting the addiction remain in control of the situation. There is never going to be a perfect time to deal with the situation. Leaving it up to an addicted person will only lead to excuses and delays. You may have heard some (or all) of these before:

I’ll go for treatment/get help/get better/stop using…

  • “…when I feel stronger.
  • “…next {week, month, year}.”
  • “…when I meet the right person.
  • “…when I get a job.
  • “…when I go back to school.
  • “…if I can move in with you.
  • “…if everyone would just get off my back.
  • “…as soon as I figure out how to deal with all the stress I’m feeling.

Do you see the pattern here? All of these excuses for continuing to use drugs are dependent on some outside circumstance having to change for your loved one to be accountable for his or her actions. To stop this pattern now and taking back control of the situation is best accomplished by holding an intervention.

Family First Intervention Puts Your Family Back in Control

A FF Intervention helps to stop this cycle and hold your loved one accountable. You and your family will no longer be held hostage by someone else’s addiction. Your loved one will be invited to go to treatment where they can get well. Contact Family First Intervention now to find out how this process can benefit all of you.

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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