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4 Reasons Why Some Interventions Fail

Percocet is a brand-name prescription drug used to control pain. It contains oxycodone and elevates the levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that is linked with the sensation of pleasure. Many people become addicted to Percocet even though they are prescribed the drug for legitimate reasons. Over time, they develop both and physical and emotional dependence on Percocet. Some people can become addicted to Percocet unintentionally and may not even be aware of the extent of their addiction or its effect on loved ones. Oftentimes, an intervention is necessary to convince an addict that he needs to get help. Unfortunately, some interventions fail to produce the intended results.

Why Do Some Interventions Fail?

It is important to understand that many addicts do not agree to go into drug treatment after just one intervention. Sometimes, a continued, combined effort from family and loved ones is necessary for an addict to get help. However, some interventions turn out more positively than others, and some fail altogether.

Four reasons some interventions fail:

  1. Lack of planning – A positive intervention doesn’t occur spontaneously. It takes coordinated help from a lot of people. You need to talk with people involved, determine when and where to hold the intervention, rehearse what each of you will say, and decide on consequences if your loved one won’t get help. These steps take time. Rushing by or skipping steps can make an intervention less effective and drive an addict further away.
  1. Unrealistic expectations – Some people picture a Hollywood-style intervention in which the meeting is planned, the addict is confronted, and the addict agrees to treatment, all in an hour-long segment. This is simply unrealistic. Do not expect a rosy outcome or a perfect scenario. This only sets everyone up for failure.
  1. Lack of professional help – One of the best ways to ensure a positive Percocet intervention is by consulting a professional interventionist. These people are trained and experienced in helping a family through an intervention process. They can also help defuse a potentially volatile situation.
  1. Unproductive confrontation – Many people use an intervention as a time to lash out at an addict because of all of the damage he caused to others because of his addiction. While it is appropriate to share how you’ve been hurt by addiction, an intervention is not an excuse to verbally abuse or berate a Percocet addict. He will react defensively and defiantly, and may refuse treatment as an act of rebellion.

Keep in mind that you want the very best outcome for your loved one who is struggling with a Percocet addiction. Take your time, consult professionals, and choose your words carefully. If the intervention fails, take some time to reflect. Talk with an interventionist about whether or not you should try again, or whether you should try a different approach.

Getting Help For Your Percocet Addiction

If you recognize that you have a Percocet addiction, we can help. We can also help you if a loved one is struggling with addiction. Just call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who can help you determine the best treatment options for your situation. We are here to help, so call us today.