National Intervention Services


National Intervention Services


Prescription Pill Intervnetion

One of the most common things said by individuals addicted to prescription pills is, “I need it”, “a doctor prescribed it”, and “It’s medicine!” In many cases, the person who has developed a prescription pill addiction was prescribed the medication to treat an underlying condition, most commonly in the form of painkillers or the use of benzodiazepines for treating anxiety. More recently, amphetamine abuse from drugs like Ritalin or Adderall have increased in frequency as they are used by high school and college students looking to get an extra boost while cramming for exams or studying for a test. Although this occasional use starts off innocently, over time it can develop into more.

If there is someone in your life who is struggling with prescription pill abuse, an intervention may be the very thing they need to realize the extent of their addiction and seek the support they need to break the cycle. If you or someone you know requires an intervention, contact our office today at (312) 625-0024. Our intervention counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you have.

Types of Prescription Pill Abuse
There are a range of prescription pill types, all of which create different effects and will inform the type of intervention that will be conducted. Most prescription pills fall into one of the following categories:

Opiates: Narcotics that include Demerol, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. Individuals often develop an addiction to these pills after being prescribed them for pain management.

Benzodiazepines: Often referred to as tranquilizers or Benzos, these include Klonipin, Valium, and Xanax. Most commonly prescribed to help patients manage stress, anxiety and panic attacks, withdrawal from Benzos can be incredibly dangerous and likely will require medical supervision.

Sedatives: Common sedatives include Trazadone and Remeron, these pills are typically prescribed to address sleep disorders.

Stimulants: Also called uppers, stimulants are often abused by users looking to be more productive or searching a high similar to other popular stimulants, such as cocaine or meth. Long term abuse can result in delusion thinking, obsessive compulsive behaviors, and/or paranoia.What to Expect from the Intervention Process One of the most important things to understand about providing intervention support is that every intervention differs, contingent on a variety of factors, including severity of addiction, current relationship(s) with those involved in the prescription pill intervention, and perhaps most importantly, the individual’s willingness to make a change.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Although the ultimate goal of a prescription pill intervention is to convince the person to cease prescription pill abuse, it is important to understand that they will most certainly undergo withdrawal symptoms, which may include any of the following, either independently or in combination depending on what pill or pills are being abused and the severity of addiction:

Heightened anxiety



Difficulty concentrating

Inability to feel pleasure

Slowed thinking

Suicidal thoughts or actions

Because of the intense withdrawal effects that can occur following cessation of prescription pill use, an essential part of the intervention process is to have a system in place to support your loved one during this period and make sure medical care is available if necessary.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

Staging a huffing intervention for your loved one can be a difficult decision to make, but it is important to remember that this intervention can mean the difference between life and death. It is also important to remember that a prescription pill intervention is not just for the wellbeing of the addict, it is also for the wellbeing of you and everyone in your loved one’s life.

A prescription pill intervention is not simply about helping your loved one stop using, it is about helping them identify and address the underlying reason(s) why they have developed tolerance and then a dependence in the first place, and then provide them with the tools and support needed to make a change. Whether you are struggling with addiction or seeking guidance and support for someone you know, we are committed to providing you and your loved one with the care and support you need. For additional information about support for overcoming prescription pill addiction, please contact us today at (312) 625-0024. Help is just a phone call away.


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Regardless of the type of intervention services you are seeking, our team is ready to provide a highly structured, comprehensive intervention approach. We pride ourselves on designing interventions that help families start the journey towards healing. Whether you or a loved one are suffering, we are here to support you. 

Our approach is aimed at helping clients and their families understand the impact that their condition has on their lives. We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our care receives the support and compassion needed to make changes in their lives. 

If you are in need of counseling services, our team of professionals is ready to provide a safe, supportive environment to help you address your substance use or mental health disorder. At AR Intervention, we are committed to ensuring you receive the care and support to begin your recovery journey. We understand that recovery may seem impossible at times. However, there is always hope for a brighter future free of addiction. Our counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you may have. Start your journey with us today!