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Family Support for Methadone Treatment

Posted on :  December 1st, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

When a loved one is going through methadone treatment, family members are often confused what to do. At Towards Recovery Clinics, we understand that our patients need all of the support that they can get, from us and from their family and friends. Here are a few suggestions for family members to know about caring for their loved ones who are working on recovering from an addiction:

Learn about the benefits and risks of methadone treatment: In a world where too many myths are told about methadone, family members might be confused about why a clinic would provide this type of treatment. In order to fully understand why methadone has been prescribed as a treatment for heroin addiction, family members should research the truths about this groundbreaking treatment. Like all prescription treatments, methadone is not a perfect solution. Family members should also educate themselves on the pros and cons to the treatment, just in case there are setbacks during the program.

Find your own support: As a family member of an addict, you will need your own support group or therapy sessions. While your loved one moves through the stages of recovery, you will have emotions surface that you will want to share. You might know what to do with the emotions you feel, so a professional therapist or a well-run support group can help you remain mentally healthy. Your loved one will have a team of support and you should, too.

Provide encouragement to your loved one: Family members are the backbone of support for their loved ones who are battling addiction. Many of our patients find that they want to recover so they can be fully available for their loved ones. One of the best ways to keep your loved one involved in his methadone treatment is to provide ample encouragement to stay in the program. Your love and encouragement will mean more than you could ever know and could make the difference between success and failure.

Develop a set of rules and limitations at home: Your loved one will benefit from realistic rules and limits in the home. Give your loved one chores to do and create a schedule for meals and bedtimes. This might seem overly stringent, but your loved one will have an easier time assimilating to the environment and maintaining treatment when she knows what is coming and when. As your loved one continues through the program, talk about the schedule and what else she would like to do around the house. If you work with a support group, the members of the group will be able to give ideas for appropriate rules.

Get involved in the treatment procedures: When you get involved, you should reassure your loved one that you believe he will succeed. Whether you go along to appointments or you drive your loved one to our clinics, your support is vital to your loved one’s success. Show you care by asking questions about the program and asking what you can do to help.

Do what you love to do: Your lifestyle should not change much based on the treatment your loved one is receiving. If you love to go to yoga class, keep going to yoga. Continue to follow your passions or you will begin to feel negative emotions toward your loved one. You need to stay healthy to support your loved one, so stay involved in what you truly enjoy.

Practice patience: Methadone treatment programs require a significant amount of patience. Building your patience will not only help when you are caring for your loved one, but it will be a valuable tool through the rest of your life. There will be setbacks in the treatment program and your patience will make those setbacks easier to manage.

If you have any questions about your role as a support person for your loved one and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, please contact us at Towards Recovery Clinics on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic.

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.
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