Do you have a loved one who has a problem with prescription medication abuse?Chances are, most people know or have come into contact with someone who is struggling with opiate addiction, even if they aren’t aware of it. Millions of Americans are involved in what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now calling an epidemic.
Huntsville Recovery is a medication treatment facility that offers a multifaceted approach to recovering from addiction including on-site counseling. Helping someone overcome addiction is a process that can be extremely emotional and overwhelming. The following are some Dos and Don’ts you should know if you want to help someone with recovery:
- Learn about addiction – educate yourself about this disease and how it affects users. This can lead to a much better understanding of what someone is up against. A few valuable online resources are theNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism(NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- Show compassion – research shows that partners or loved ones who are supportive can play a very important role in helping an individual overcome substance abuse.
- Get involved in the recovery process – encouraging someone to seek help from an outpatient treatment center, a 12-step program, and other support groups can help provide the assistance and support they’ll need to take those first steps.
- Encourage hopefulness – planning for a positive future can give your loved one something to look forward to and work toward.
- Take care of yourself – recovery is a process and can take a long time. Making sure your needs are being met and setting boundaries will increase the chances that you can be supportive for the long haul.
- Ignore the problem – it can be tempting to convince yourself that it’s not that bad or your loved one has it under control.
- Believe that they just aren’t trying hard enough to quit – remembering that addiction is a disease like other medical conditions where a treatment plan, commitment to recovery, and emotional support from loved ones are crucial components on the road to recovery.
- Shame the individual –hurtful comments such as name-calling or focusing on your loved one’s failures will only make the problem worse.
- Enable them – continuing to give money, lying for them, and excusing dangerous behavior are all examples of the fine line between being supportive versus aiding their addiction. Setting boundaries and sticking to them is critical.
- Continuing to be angry and resentful – this will be detrimental to your loved one as well as to your own mental well-being. Make sure you also have the appropriate level of emotional support.
If you need help with addiction, our team of specialists and physicians at Huntsville Recovery is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to each patient. Contact 1.888.721.1940 or click hereto help your loved one take his or her first step toward recovery today.