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Uniting as a Family to Overcome Opium Addiction

Uniting as a Family to Overcome Opium AddictionFamily members can be instrumental in an addict’s recovery. The first step to unity and recovery is becoming informed on what your addicted family member is going through. Opium causes the user to build a tolerance for the drug, and this tolerance forces him or her to use more each time to accomplish the same high. Addicts can become physically dependent on the substance and experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit opium use. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Body aches and pains
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

Once you understand your family member’s addiction, you will be able to offer informed advice and support. Addiction is not a weakness or character flaw but an illness that needs medical treatment. Opium addiction changes a person’s brain chemistry and cannot be overcome by willpower. An addict needs a strong, supportive and caring family to begin recovery.

How to Support a Family Member’s Addiction Recovery

Family members can support opium addiction recovery by doing the following:

  • Encouraging recovery
  • Producing a safe and sober environment
  • Initiating calm family discussions that focus on reaching an agreement on potential treatment options
  •  Attending a support group meeting together

Deciding between an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program is a good start. An outpatient program will allow the recovering addict to stay at home and let the family be the supportive backbone and accountability partner. An inpatient program removes the addict from tempting environments and allows him or her to focus solely on recovery. Inpatient facilities have family days where the loved ones of the addict can come and learn about recovery together. Getting involved in professional family therapy is another way to support your loved one’s opium addiction recovery. In family therapy everyone meets to discuss the following:

  • The process of becoming addicted
  • The situations that can cause an addict to feel the need to use
  • Conflict resolution techniques within the home
  • Supportive methods that can draw family members closer together
  • Ways to overcome unresolved feelings of hurt between the family members and the addict

Be involved in every part of  family therapy and rehab programs. Offering accountability after treatment and during recovery will help prevent a relapse, and creating a supportive environment at home will help your loved one overcome opium addiction. Seeking professional help is the safest and most effective way to treat opium addiction.

Need Help Finding Treatment for Opium Addiction?

Do you or your loved one struggle with opium addiction? Please call our toll-free number to learn more about opium addiction and treatment. We are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your call and help you begin the journey to a drug-free life. Don’t let opium addiction rule your life any longer. Call us today.