Helping a Loved One Recover from Painkiller Addiction

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Your worst fear has been confirmed and your loved one is addicted to painkillers, so what should you do?  Oftentimes the success of an addict’s recovery greatly depends on the support that he is able to get from the people around him.  Not everybody is built with a strong resolve to go cold turkey and endure the pains of withdrawal.  There are many whose primary reason for staying addicted is the fear of going through the physical and mental ordeal of detoxification.

To help your loved one overcome their painkiller addiction, you have to establish that they can trust you and that you are coming from a place of love and support.  Since painkiller addiction has changed the way the mind and body of an addict works, the usual approach to a person facing a problem may not always work so here are a few things that you must keep in mind when helping out a loved one overcome painkiller addiction.

Understand what painkiller addiction is what effects it has on the body and the mind.

Having a better understanding of what your loved one is addicted to will give you an idea of how hard it must be for your loved one to give up that addiction.  Knowing the effects it has on the way the body and the mind works will explain why your loved one is behaving the way that they are.

Accept the addiction and how it affected your loved one.

For sure, you must feel some resentment towards your loved one for the sudden change in their behavior and it is important to understand that these are not personal, it was the drugs doing the talking.  You may feel anger, disappointment, or embarrassment, but letting your loved one know about this will not help.  They are fully aware of their failure and unfortunately the effects of the drugs is getting the better of them.  It is normal to feel the way you do and all your emotions are valid, but for now, set them aside and make the recovery of your loved one your first priority.

Sit down with your loved one and propose treatment.

When doing so, expect that your loved one will promise to stop and get treatment later on.  Hold your ground and insist that immediate treatment is better and there’s no better time to do this but now.  You have to be prepared for how they will react, it is normal for them to either throw a fit or break down in tears so that you will give in.  Some may even resort to lying to get you off their back.  When it gets tough to handle them, always go back to a loving place and remember why you were doing this in the first place.  Remember that you are doing this to bring back to life the loved one that you have lost to the addiction, they are there inside somewhere and your patience and understanding may be just what they need to wake up and willingly accept the need for help.  Healing takes time and you have to give all your patience in helping them to recover.

Get them into a rehabilitation facility.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, detoxing at home using popular over-the-counter withdrawal supplements, like Elimidrol, to ease the withdrawal symptoms might be a course of action that will work.

For more severe addictions, it is always better to seek professional help when helping a loved one recover from painkiller addiction.  Call local rehab and detoxification centers in your area as well as support groups or counseling services that they can join.  Seeking professional help is recommended over having them go through the withdrawal at home because trained medical professionals can help manage the physical symptoms better and they can address any medical issues that can come as a complication of the detoxification.  You can also join your loved one in group therapy so that you understand fully what is happening to enable you to provide the full support that they need during this time.

Recognizing Signs That Your Loved One May Be Suffering From Addiction

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In reality, people who are addicted to opiates do not look like the stereotype that you may have in your head of what a typical addict looks like. News of celebrities, politicians, soccer moms, or doctors being addicted to illegal substance may come as a shock to you because they would really not display any signs of addiction.

The signs of addiction can be very subtle and family and loved ones always seem to be the last to know. At one point you may have thought that the sudden change in habits or personality of your loved one could be an indicator that they are using, but chances are you just shrugged off the thought thinking that it is so unlike him/her to be like that. Don’t wait to confirm your suspicions until it is too late. Your addicted loved one needs help and here are some ways to tell or confirm if they are using. The earlier you know, the faster you can get help for them to help them recover.

Change in mood and behavior

An addict will usually have extreme mood swings, displaying sudden shift from extreme happiness to depression. You may also notice that all of a sudden, your loved one seems withdrawn and is spending more and more time alone and prefers isolation over the company of friends or family.

An addicted person will also seem tired all the time and lacks energy. This makes them miss school and work and they lose focus and motivation. Drugs impair one’s thinking and this is the reason why an addict can seem distracted and can easily lose their concentration. If your child has always performed well in school and suddenly brings home low grades, then you should start investigating into his habits. If your loved one has been failing to meet deadlines at work or is suddenly laid off due to poor performance, then look closer for more signs of addiction so that you can offer to help the soonest time possible.

Change in appearance and health condition

For some, it is very easy to tell addiction with the sudden change in the way they look and how they look after themselves. A once well-groomed person can easily turn into a slob because of addiction. Drugs can affect the sleeping and eating patterns of a person and this can take a toll on their health and becomes very apparent in their appearance. Sudden weight loss and disinterest in personal grooming can be signs of addiction.

If you are able to look closely, one sure sign of addiction is having pinpoint pupils. This is when the pupils remain dilated even in dim surroundings. Addicts will exhibit flu like symptoms almost every time, you may notice that they have runny nose and watery eyes that will not go away. They may also frequent the ER for different reasons.

Lies, lies, and more lies

Addiction is a habit that will drain a person financially because they have no control over wanting to get a fix even if their finances cannot sustain it anymore. They simply cannot control it because the craving in their bodies are so painful that they have to give in. If you notice that bills are all of a sudden getting unpaid, if your savings were used up, if you are suddenly missing money in your wallet or losing valuable items in the house then addiction could be responsible for this.