The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Xanax Use

The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Xanax UseWatching someone you care for struggle with a Xanax addiction can be frustrating and frightening. You may have tried numerous times to confront your loved one privately and discuss the problem to no avail. When the user is in denial – whether in denial of the addiction itself or in denial that treatment is necessary – an intervention involving close family and friends may be the best form of confrontation.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine narcotic most often used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and depression. It is a habit-forming drug and its duration is short, which motivates users to take it more often and in larger doses than prescribed as tolerance increases. People who abuse prescription drugs may refuse to admit that they have a problem, especially if they are under the impression that because the drug is legal or because it is prescribed to them that they are not at risk. But Xanax abuse is dangerous, and can result in such serious side effects as respiratory depression and even death.

An intervention may be the only way to effectively communicate to the user the dangers of Xanax abuse, the toll that it has taken on the individual’s life and the lives of people he cares about, and the importance of treatment.

How to Address the Abuse or Addiction

An intervention is an opportunity for the drug user to see the negative effects of her abuse or addiction. Friends or family members whose lives have been affected by the drug use should be the ones to intervene. When planning an intervention, it is helpful to keep these stages and duties in mind:

  • Before the intervention – Discuss the intervention beforehand with the participants, without the Xanax user present. Gather information on the drug and treatment options. The participants should write down what they want to say and decide on the consequences that will result from the user refusing to accept treatment. If the user has a history of mental illness, violence, or suicidal tendencies, or is under the influence of a mood-altering substance, it is advisable to consult a professional.
  • During the intervention – Participants should give specific examples of the ways the user’s Xanax addiction has negatively impacted their lives. This process is as much to the benefit of the user’s loved ones as it is for the user himself. It gives the loved ones an opportunity to say everything they’ve needed to say, as well as the sense that they have done all they can to help the user. Present the treatment plan and list the consequences of the user continuing his abuse.
  • After the intervention – Follow-up. Don’t let the Xanax user respond well to the intervention and accept treatment only to not follow through. If the intervention did not work, do not give in. Follow through with the consequences so as not to enable the user to harm himself further, reminding him that it is for his well-being.

Understand that an intervention may cause pain to the user and everyone involved, but it may be a necessary step toward recovery.

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