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How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Opium Addiction

How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One's Opium AddictionIt can be just as nerve-wracking for you to bring up this conversation as it is for your opium addicted loved one. Despite your anxieties about confronting your loved one about his or her addiction, doing so can be the most beneficial and life-changing conversation you both can have.

It is extremely important to have a game plan in place in terms of how you will conduct this conversation. You are not expected to know how to navigate this flawlessly, but with a little research and the help of an addiction professional, this type of conversation can go extremely well.

Preparations for a Conversation about Opium Addiction

Before initiating this conversation, it is crucial that you have an idea of what you would like to address, , how you want to help, and what options your loved one has going forward. In order to get this all into one clear, concise thought process, it is important to follow a few steps:

  • Admit addiction – Usually, it is the opium user who has difficulty admitting that he or she has a problem, however it is not uncommon for family members to be in denial about how serious the addiction is. You have to admit that there is a problem with your loved one, and get the rest of your family on board with this. There is no time left for denial, as it will only fuel your loved one’s opium addiction further.
  • Call for help – Whether it is a mediator, interventionist, or counselor, it is highly recommended for you to reach out to someone who can offer you professional assistance, as opium users may have a tendency to become violent and reject help. By partnering with a professional, you can involve him or her in your conversation with your loved one, make sure the conversation stays on track, and gain extra insight into addiction and recovery.
  • Prepare your words – You can’t go into a conversation of this magnitude without knowing what to say. Make sure that you help your loved one understand how his or her opium addiction is affecting you and how you want to support him or her in getting help.
  • Be ready with consequences – The objective for this conversation is to let your loved one know that you are aware of her addiction and that you want it to stop.  To ensure that it stops, you must be ready to lay down ground rules, or boundaries, in terms of what you will and will not do for your loved one. This can include everything from cutting her off financially to refusing to spend time with her until she receives treatment.

It is important to understand that these preparations, while designed to provide you with the best opportunity to address this issue, might not always work with an opium user. As the dependency is so strong for this type of addiction, you might feel that your words are going in one ear and out the other. The most beneficial thing you can do regardless of the outcome is to stay true to your boundaries and rules to prevent your unhealthy involvement in your loved one’s opium addiction.

Do You Need Help Talking to a Loved One about Opium Use?

If your loved one is struggling with opium addiction, do not wait to get help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to get the support and find the addiction recovery resources you need to help makes positive changes.