How to Help Someone Abusing Fentanyl
It is best to talk to a healthcare professional who is familiar with addiction and fentanyl to obtain advice prior to helping a loved one who may be abusing fentanyl or other drugs.
Forcing someone into treatment seldom goes well because addressing addiction is challenging and to fully address it requires that the individual fully commit themselves to the treatment process.
However, there is a fine line between helping someone with an addiction and becoming an enabler. For people who are close to the person with an addiction, that line may blur. It is best to obtain the advice of an addiction professional when trying to help a loved one.
Recovery is a lifelong process and people in recovery from substance use require ongoing support. Friends and family can become involved in the recovery counseling process as well.
An intervention is a method of confronting individuals with substance addiction with facts and concerns from loved ones with the hope of getting them to admit to the extent of their addiction. The intent is to provide emotional and factual guidance to lead them to the point of readiness to accept help and to willingly participate in a treatment program.
People with substance addictions often deny it to themselves and others. They may go to great lengths to rationalize their substance use and related behaviors or to conceal the extent of their problem. The intervention is designed to break through this behavior, as well as the pathological need for control and mistaken belief of their ability to stop their drug use on their own.