How can a loved one help an Opiate Addict?
That’s a very complicated question because addiction comes in varying degrees in terms that it occurs in a continuum. In the beginning, most people don’t know what it is or the severity of that addiction. Consequently, we don’t know how to treat it. As parents who are associated with someone, depending on the age, you’re a parent and that means you care deeply for the person in the situation. Usually, the parent keeps expanding their limit for what it is that they tolerate.
What is an opiate addict like?
Characteristic for a person who has an addiction, obviously a great deal of it is deceit because they have to be in a position where they continue to do or maintain the drug of choice that affects them neurologically. They understand they have to keep it from their parents because they know it’s illegal. The hard part is at what point does a parent step in, or in reality seek help?
Getting an Assessment is Critical
What I would say is, the sooner the better that you can get an assessment. When you have an addiction it’s not about whether you trust the person, it’s about what is the addiction? What is the neurobiology of the addiction doing to the person? The age of onset at which someone develops an addiction is anyone through the age of high school through the early twenties should be monitored carefully in terms of people having different options and in terms of how quickly someone becomes addicted.
Parents should be aware of that and if anything the most important thing parents can do is, even on your own, do some type of urine drug screen intermittently to see what types of substances that your child or loved one may be using. If there is an opioid for sure in their urine make sure you seek professional help as quickly as possible. Usually, that’s the beginning of a very complicated process that may take multiple years to remedy. So get professional help as quickly as you can.
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