Loving An Addict Is Hard
When you love an addict it is incredibly difficult. You want to provide them with the help they need but often you are not sure what you can do to help.
The first step to take is to be sure this person really is addicted to drugs or alcohol. The most common signs of opioid addiction are problems occurring at their work, in relationships, issues relating to self-esteem, health issues, low self-respect, legal difficulties and not functioning well in society (for more about identifying an addict check out this post about personality traits of an addict).
If you are seeing these signs of addiction there is most likely a problem. There are steps you can take of how to help a heroin addict.
• Research the symptoms of abuse
• Watch the individual and see what issues they are experiencing
• Talk to the other people in their life and ask for their opinions
• Talk to a professional
• Talk to the person about receiving help
• Make a contact with a professional including a professional in mental health or abuse, a doctor, a counselor or a member of the clergy
• Make certain the people involved are safe
• Have an intervention
Sooner is Better Than Later When Helping a Heroin Addict
The earlier the problem is out in the open and help is received the more effective the solution will initially be. There are certain individuals who are able to cut back on their own. Most will need to have treatment. Early treatments are less likely to be disruptive or cause a lot of anxiety or stress on the individual. The chances of this person requesting help are slim and the situation will worsen over time, just coping with an addict won’t benefit anyone. They could be fired from their job, be arrested or even die.
Many addicts will try to hide the situation, but you still need to talk to this person. Make sure they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is possible they are not aware of the problem or that their behavior has changed. Make sure you set aside enough time for the conversation so you can tell them your concerns and understand what they are thinking. Tell them you love them and this is why you want to talk. Keep the conversation flowing both ways and do not give a lecture. Don’t judge them, most addictions will require professional help.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
When their treatment begins it will require a screening. This involves questions regarding how much they drink or do drugs and how often. The consequences of their actions are discussed. This can be done by a doctor, nurse, social worker or a counselor. If the addiction is severe enough they may need treatment for physical withdrawal, an outpatient MAT treatment center may be the best option.
You have to keep telling them how much you love them and that you just want them to receive help. There are meetings that can help with supporting you as well as the addict. The longer the addiction continues the higher the level of care the person will need. An addict can gain control but will need your help. You have to stay strong and continue until they receive help, you will be able to maintain your relationship with an addict if you help them the right way.
We’re here to help…
Whether treatment is for you, a family member or a friend, we are happy to speak with you about our outpatient drug treatment program, and how AOC can help patients with their opioid addiction recovery. Since 2007, AOC has helped thousands of patients on their path to recovery.