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.