What If Loved Ones Have Drug Problems?

Posted on :  July 6th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Methadone clinics like Toward Recovery Clinics are not filled with people who come in on their own. In many cases, our patients are brought in by their loved ones, both friends and family. Fortunately, those friends and family members recognized that someone they love has a problem and they decided to do something about it. There are usually rather clear signs that someone is abusing drugs.

Addiction Can Happen to Anyone

The first thing that friends and family members should understand is that absolutely anyone can develop a drug addiction. Scientific research shows that any human brain can become addicted. Research has also shown that drug addictions can be overcome and those who are addicted can go back to normalcy.

Family and Friends Cannot Fix the Addiction

Friends and family members should understand that there is no way that they can fix the addiction. Professionals need to be involved, but friends and family can direct their loved ones to those professionals. It might take time, but loved ones can share resources to help encourage the addict to get to those professionals. The biggest problem with getting help is that the addict’s brain is altered by drug abuse. This change can prevent them from realizing they need help.

How to Help When Asked to Help

There will be times when addicts will actually ask their loved ones for help. When this happens, loved ones should help the addict immediately. This could involve bringing the addict to a hospital or a local clinic. If you do not know where to turn, the best option is to find a physician nearby who specializes in addiction. Physicians with these specialties usually have an on-call service so they can be reached 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Be a Positive Influence

Along with finding help and directly the addict to help, it is a good idea to praise your loved one for asking for help. It is difficult for anyone to admit that they need help, let alone someone who is addicted to a dangerous drug. Addicts who begin the journey to recovery have a long road ahead of them and they will need all of the support they can get. Research has shown that addiction can be managed and that recovery programs actually do work but only through treatment programs that help the brain fight the substance and help the addict learn behaviors to fight the desire for the drug. Your support will help make the fight easier to win.

Talk about Privacy with Professionals

Some addicts will be worried about what other people will think when they hear about the addiction. They are concerned about losing their jobs, losing friends, and struggling with family members. During this time, addicts need real compassion from people in their worlds. Fortunately, there are laws regarding privacy for people who are involved in drug treatment. You can always discuss privacy with the physician who is treating your loved one.

It is Not Like Television

Friends and family members are the best people to pressure a loved one into a treatment program. However, there will be people who cannot be convinced, no matter what happens. While reality television and documentaries show that interventions can convince addicts to get help, there is not any scientific research that proves interventions actually do work. There are times with interventions actually result in violence or other problems. It is usually better to offer an incentive to get an addict to see a physician and once the physician gets involved, addicts tend to listen because they respect what the professional has to say.

Contact Us for More Help

If you need any more help to get a loved one into treatment, you can actually visit a treatment center like Towards Recovery Clinic. We will supply you with the knowledge you need to convince your loved one to visit us. If you have any questions or you want to visit us, please contact us at our head office at 905-527-2042.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.