Worried A Loved One Is Addicted To Opioids?
How To Help Them Get Treatment
It is well known that we are in a national opioid crisis. Prescription and illegal opioids are abused because they are so highly addictive and it is destroying families throughout the US. Maybe you see changes in your loved one and you know they are abusing opioids. You are worried they are addicted and need help but you aren’t sure. Is this a phase and they eventually stop using on their own or do they need help? These are common questions and concerns that many have about a loved one. Every day, more than 115 people in the US die from opioid overdose, so these concerns are real and should be taken seriously.
Does My Loved One Have An Opioid Addiction?
A person has an opioid addiction or dependence when they can’t live their life without it. They may have tried several times to quit but are unsuccessful. The need for the substance consumes their thoughts. They need it daily to feel normal because without it they experience withdrawal symptoms. Opioid addiction can happen to anyone.
How Can I Get Them Help?
In order for your loved one to break free from their addiction they need help. The process of recovery from addiction may be difficult but is possible with medical and psychological support. Opioid addiction can be treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment (to minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings), counseling, and support.
The problem with getting help for addiction is that most addicted are in denial about their addiction and the harsh reality is that unless by court order the person suffering from addiction must decide they need to get help. Here are a few ways you can help convince your loved one they need to seek help.
Tell Your Loved One Your Concerns
Your job is to tell your loved one what you are seeing. Get a time when you can calmly sit down and discuss with them their opioid abuse (whether prescription opioids or heroin) and how it has gotten out of control. Discuss with them how it is negatively affecting their life (be prepared to give examples). Show how their relationships, job, health has been hurt from their use. Be prepared to discuss the benefits of getting help and how positively it will change their life.
Try To Make Getting Help Your Loved One’s Decision
Let them know you want what is best for them…you are on their side. Try to make them feel comfortable and have a real discussion about what they are experiencing. Ask them questions such as:
- Do you think your use is healthy?
- Have you tried to stop?
- Are you happy?
- What do you think about getting help?
They need to know you support and love them and how important it is to stop this downward spiral and get help. Tell them they can turn their life around and stop using the drugs. This is not their destiny. Give them hope of real change and incentives to change.
Let Your Loved One Know Help Is Available
Do your homework. Help can seem unreachable to an addict. They don’t know where to go for help or how to start the process or they may be worried about cost. This is where you come in to let them know of the drug rehabs available in your area that are good quality options for treatment. The goal is to let them be a part of the decision making on going to rehab and then choose where to get treatment. This process will provide the best foundation for effective treatment.
If your loved one is listening and receptive, now is the time to make the call for a first visit. If you are in the Columbus, OH or Nashville, TN area, call AMC Columbus or AMC Nashville drug facility now. Your call is completely confidential.
AMC works hard to create a safe, welcoming environment for each patient. We offer medical-assisted treatment combined with counseling and support. Our recovery process of well thought out treatment plans tailored to individual needs is effective in providing life long recovery. We will guide your loved one to a better way of life that is free from opioid and heroin addiction.