Benzo Addiction Intervention
Benzos, or benzodiazepines, are synthetic medications that work by depressing the central nervous system. They’re usually prescribed to treat conditions that are related to excessive nerve activity, like seizures and anxiety. Benzos increase the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. This neurotransmitter is used to send messages from one nerve to the other. When the production of GABA increases, it leads to a reduction in brain activity. Benzos are highly addictive. As a person’s benzo abuse develops, their tolerance increases. The more of this drug they take, the more likely they are to suffer from an overdose.
Individuals with a benzo addiction may be unaware of their problem or choose to ignore it. An addiction is a disease that can have a mental and physical hold on an individual. Addicts who don’t go to rehab or receive treatment put themselves at risk of developing problematic health conditions, overdosing, and losing their lives. If you have a loved one struggling from this form of substance abuse and want to get them help, a benzo addiction intervention can help.
What is a Benzo Addiction Intervention and How Does it Work?
An intervention is a meeting that is conducted with the goal of encouraging an addict to receive substance abuse treatment. The individual’s closest friends and family normally come together to decide on whether an intervention is necessary and how to move forward. A leader is usually appointed to schedule and coordinate the meeting. Before a benzo intervention can take place, lots of planning is required. The person in charge of the details determines the location, time, date, confirms who will be there, and creates a script the group can follow during the meeting. Following a script helps group members stay on track and reduces problems from occurring. Each member is also meant to write an intervention letter that expresses how the addiction has personally affected them.
During the meeting, each person in the group will have the opportunity to read their letter out loud. If you are planning to be a part of a benzo addiction intervention, do not use this moment to accuse the individual. Your letter shouldn’t point a finger at the person but should come from a place of love and concern. Remember, the purpose of a benzo intervention meeting is to motivate the person to get professional help, not corner them.
Why You Should Hire a Certified Intervention Specialist
Trying to coordinate and lead an intervention for benzodiazepine addiction can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know much about substance abuse. Some of the most successful benzo interventions were organized by a certified intervention specialist (CIP). A CIP receives their certification after undergoing a period of training, during which they learn how to put together and lead an intervention. These individuals are also educated on addiction and will share their knowledge with others during these meetings. Not only will they shed light on the facets of substance abuse, but they will also ensure the intervention runs smoothly. Their goal is to enlighten the addict and motivate them to accept the help they need.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Intervention at Novak’s House
Brandon Novak is a pro skater and celebrity that is in addiction recovery himself. Overcoming his heroin abuse motivated him to become a nationally certified intervention specialist. After realizing the benefits of peer support and addiction treatment, Brandon decided to help others achieve their goals and get sober. Since receiving his certification, he’s helped families all around the U.S. get help for their loved ones. His recovery story shows that anyone can achieve sobriety regardless of their addiction or situation.
If you’re struggling to get help for your loved one or don’t know where to start, call Brandon on his direct line today at (610) 314-6747 for more information.