27 Mar What to do if Your Loved One is a Painkiller Addict
Addiction and rehabilitation are not only about the patient but the friends and family of the patient. Recovery will require help from friends and family. So what do you do if your loved one is a painkiller addict?
Show Empathy Not Sympathy
One of the most important things you can do for your loved one who has a painkiller addiction is to show empathy, not sympathy. This means to show them you understand their situation and are there to help them get the rehabilitation they need and or desire. Showing sympathy shows your loved one that you feel sorry for the situation they are in. Showing sympathy may have adverse effects that could prolong the rehabilitation process. If a painkiller addict feels that others believe that there is no hope, then they may become unresponsive to your suggestions. For this reason, it is essential that you show you understand them and that you believe there is a way to recovery.
Seek Professional Help
When you are faced with a loved one who has a painkiller addiction, it is important that you seek the help of professionals. Our clinic is available 24/7 to help you and your loved one through this process. You can also find some helpful information from The National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIDA has some suggestions on specific ways to help your friend or family member. From signs to look for and ideas of getting your loved one to accept treatment. These suggestions can be found here.
These suggestions may help to convince your loved one to seek treatment. With these ideas and contact with our clinic, you could see them on their way to recovery.
Another note to consider, when you are dealing with painkiller addiction or addiction of any kind, it is important to be educated on the issues. Being informed yourself will help build confidence in your loved one. They will have many questions and fears. If you know how to answer these questions your friend or family member will feel more confident in accepting your suggestion to seek further help. By listening to your suggestions, the painkiller addict will be taking a crucial step towards rehabilitation. Admitting that they need help or at least need to consider help is the first step of this journey. If they have the confidence that this is a beneficial step to take it will be easier for them to achieve.
Finally, it is important to show your support in all aspects of the rehabilitation process. This should include attending therapy sessions if the patient so desires. Many addicts are frightened when they begin therapy sessions for the first time. Having a familiar and supportive face there can make these first sessions easier. This will build a relationship between the patient and the therapist, making the transition into solo sessions much easier. Once the patient has reached a comfort level that will allow them to continue their treatment alone, they will be even closer to the recovery phase.
Showing empathy while giving your loved one professional advice will lead them towards the path of rehabilitation. This will not be an easy process but one that is well worth the effort. Our staff is available to help you in every step of the process towards meeting a healthy goal. Whether you need information, in-house treatment, or a supportive ear while you help your loved one, our staff is only a phone call away. Rehabilitation is a joint effort and is always better with support.