How To Help A Loved One Dealing With Opioid Addiction
You may not know what to do if someone you love is showing signs of substance abuse or dependence. If so, you are not alone.
Individuals who are addicted to any substance have very little control over their behaviors. Most would like to think that they have everything under control, but they do not. Opioid addiction affects an individual’s memory, impulse control, and even basic decision-making skills.
If you have seen possible signs of addiction, there are some things you can do to help. Of course, they are going to need to feel safe when you are discussing your thoughts and feelings on the subject. Most individuals realize they have a problem but do not understand how to stop. With love, help, and encouragement from you, they may have everything they need to start making the right decision.
To help you, we have put together a quick list of things to do to help a loved one you think is dealing with opioid addiction.
What You Can Do Right Now
1. Get Informed
Take the time to learn about opioid addiction. Research the signs of dependence and signs of withdrawals.
2. Watch Them
Do not make an impulse decision on one or two events that have happened in their life. Instead, monitor their behavior over days, weeks, and months. Take notes of what you see.
3. Talk With Someone
After monitoring them for a few weeks or months, talk with someone you can trust. Express yourself to them and see if they agree. You could even talk with a specialist who can help guide you down the right path.
4. Express Yourself
Be willing to have a real talk with them. Let them know that you want to talk, that it is serious, and that you want to be away from everyone (unless you need a small support group). Start by letting them know they are loved and appreciated. Let them know what you have seen and what you think may be wrong. Do not get upset if they are unwilling to listen.
5. Be Prepared For The Worst
If they are not willing to listen, be prepared for the worst – an overdose. Have emergency contact information ready and do not be afraid to call them immediately. Let your friend know that they can always call you, even in the worst of circumstances.
6. Don’t Lose Hope
Above all, do not lose hope in them. It can be frustrating watching someone deal with opioid dependence, but they need someone who will be there for them when no one else will.
We Are Ready To Help
Fritz Clinic is here to help whenever they are ready to take the next steps. We will give them the treatment and support that they need to overcome their addiction.
If you need any help with your loved one, call us today and let us help you navigate this difficult situation. You are not alone in this – we will help as much as we can!
Take Back Your Life or Help Someone With Theirs
Whether you or someone you know is dealing with opioid dependence, it is time to seek help. Fritz Clinic specializes in opioid dependence treatments and support, helping individuals overcome their opioid addiction.
We provide the treatment, support, and encouragement needed to help individuals move forward and away from opioid dependence. Our treatments are not overnight plans, but rather lifestyle changes that help individuals reclaim their life. If you are ready to take back your life, call us and schedule an appointment today.