An intervention could potentially save your loved one’s life. It is a structured meeting between family, friends, the addicted person and possibly an interventionist. When you are one on one with your loved one it may be hard to express your concern. It is easier to block one person out than a whole group of people. An intervention will show the loved one that there are many people who care and want to see him or her get better and succeed in life. The main goal of an intervention is to get the addicted person into treatment for his or her Krokodil addiction.
It may be difficult to approach your loved one; you may have the fear you are going to say something wrong and push him or her further away like you have done in the past. It is also very common for the Krokodil addicted loved one to deny there is a problem, because he or she can’t see there truly is one, making a one on one conversation very difficult. Before you stage the intervention, it is a good idea to be completely sure your loved one is abusing Krokodil. Some signs of Krokodil abuse include: secretive behavior, green, bumpy and scaly skin, skin infections, lack of motivation, unable to stay awake, borrowing or stealing money, and deterioration of overall physical appearance. It is good to know what your loved one is abusing so you can state to them proper facts.
Telling your addicted loved one that the life expectancy of a Krokodil user is two to three years may open their mind to trying out treatment. Also, letting your addicted loved one know Krokodil abuse can lead to the amputation of limbs could help them chose treatment over Krokodil use. However, the best way to get down to the heart of your addicted loved one is to gather a group of family and friends that will be willing to express their love and concern for the Krokodil addicted individual.
It may be difficult and stressful to plan an intervention by yourself. No need to worry, there are people specially trained in planning interventions known as intervention specialists. Once you find an intervention specialist it is time to get planning, the sooner the intervention the better. The point of having an interventionist is so the intervention moves in a positive direction. It is normal for family and friends to get upset with the addicted person, because they are so worried. The interventionist will intervene if there is a problem and help stop the conversation before it gets out of hand and triggers the addicted individual to get up and leave.
Interventionist are also used to help talk to the addicted individual in a therapeutic manner to help them get out of denial about their addiction. Once you have decided to move forward in your intervention it is time to pick and choose the right people to be present at the intervention. An intervention usually includes parents, children, spouse, close friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents and basically anyone who you feel would have a positive impact on the Krokodil user’s choice to get the treatment he or she deserves.
When deciding who is going to participate in the intervention, make sure you choose wisely. You wouldn’t want anything to get out of hand. The loved one may have stolen from someone and this someone could still be resentful. If this individual can look past the theft and focus on the love for the addicted individual include them. If he or she can’t seem to get over the harm the addicted individual caused it is best they sit this one out.
The next step will be preparing and rehearsing the intervention with the specialist. The intervention specialist will usually educate all included in the intervention on how addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. With the information the specialist will teach the intervention team, it gives the group more compassion and understanding on the Krokodil addicted loved ones behaviors. It is also a good idea to write out how you are feeling toward the addicted individual and express how much you want them to get help. If you want, go over what you wrote with the interventionist to make sure everything you wrote is from the heart.
Once you have rehearsed the intervention and are ready to bring your Krokodil addicted loved one in, the intervention can start. It is okay to feel nervous, cry, and be scared for the outcome. Those are all normal feelings and the only thing you can do is stay strong and hope for the best. Remember, you cannot control how the addicted individual is going to react to the intervention. It is important you know that you are doing all you can to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The main goal of the intervention is to get your loved one into treatment. If treatment is accepted, the intervention has done its job. If not, don’t panic. The addicted individual now knows how everyone feels and understands that there are loved ones out there who want him or her to get help. Chances are he or she will come to you for treatment within a few weeks.