Helping a Loved One Recover from Painkiller Addiction


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.

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