Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Users

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Opioid UsersOpioid addiction is a powerful disease that affects both the physical and mental health of the victim. In many cases, individuals addicted to prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone or Demerol, are the last to know that they have a problem. The disease may blind them to their own condition, causing them to blame others, to make excuses or to simply deny that they are hooked on drugs. In some of these cases, an organized addiction intervention is the addict’s final, best hope for recovery. Through the use of the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a firm but gentle confrontation, these addicts may be able to realize the gravity of their situation while there is still time to heal.

How Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Work

Cognitive behavioral interventions are similar to other addiction interventions, but they use the well-proven tenets of CBT as a template. CBT is a form of counseling that focuses on the concept of cognition, or awareness, through the following six core tenets:

  • Assessment: Establishing an honest understanding of the situation, including an awareness of how the subject’s disease is affecting his or her friends and loved ones
  • Reconceptualization: Building on newfound information about addiction and developing a fresh way to perceive and to address it
  • Skills acquisition: Learning new coping and communication skills that will empower lasting resistance to substance abuse
  • Skills consolidation and application: Putting these new skills into action through practice and various exercises
  • Generalization and maintenance: Learning to apply these new skills to a variety of situations and learning how to keep the recovery process moving forward
  • Post-treatment aftercare: Planning for and participating in ongoing counseling, support group meetings and opportunities to serve others

The intervention part of the process refers to those times when an opioid addict will not accept offers of help. By gathering close friends and family and carefully managing a gentle but frank discussion about the repercussions the addict’s disease is having on others’ lives, these meetings may force the addict to see that he or she desperately needs help.

How to Hold an Effective CBI

The key to holding an effective CBI is to employ the assistance of a specially trained cognitive behavior interventionist. These professionals offer a wide range of critical services, including the following:

  • Advance planning for the participants
  • Codependency counseling for close friends and loved ones
  • Preparation of carefully crafted “scripts” for each member of the meeting to read from
  • Guidance of the subject toward the best treatment options available and arrangement for immediate rehab check in.

Interventions are risky, and not all of them end the way friends and family wish they would. Interventionists greatly increase the likelihood of success.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Assistance

If you are interested in receiving more information about how to hold a successful cognitive behavioral intervention, please call our toll-free number. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day and will answer your questions and connect you with the best CBI resources available. Don’t put this call off, and don’t try to hold an intervention on your own. We’re here when you’re ready to confront the deadly opioid addiction that is destroying your life or the life of someone you know. Call now.

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