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Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Opium on Their Own?

Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Opium on Their Own?Opium addiction does not only affect the addict, but everyone who cares for him. The parents of an opium addict often face guilt, worry, and frustration on their child’s behalf. They feel a sense of responsibility for their son or daughter but are unable to make him understand that opium use is destructive.

Opium is a highly addictive narcotic substance derived from the poppy plant. Drugs derived from opium are called opiates and include painkillers such as morphine and codeine. Heroin is an illicit opium-based drug. Use of any type of opiate can be damaging to an individual’s life, having both physical and psychological effects that cloud his judgment. From a loved one’s perspective, quitting seems like the obvious and only choice; it is a challenge for a parent to understand why the addict simply will not stop on his own.

When Is Family Mediation or Intervention Necessary?

Sometimes communicating with your son or daughter about the ways that opium is damaging and why he or she needs to stop using is not enough to spur him or her toward recovery. An addict is often aware of the detrimental effects of drug addiction, but is unmotivated to stop because the addiction overpowers his concern for his physical health and psychological wellbeing. Concerned parents will wonder if there is any way they can get their son or daughter to view addiction through their eyes.

An intervention is not guaranteed to make an opium addict desire recovery, but it is an organized forum for friends, family members, and colleagues to express their concerns and expectations in hopes of getting through to the addict. People are often intimidated by the thought of holding an intervention, but with the help of a family mediator an intervention can run smoothly while effectively helping the addict understand the full extent of the damage his opium abuse has caused.

What Does an Intervention Involve?

Before the intervention, the participants should meet with a family mediator and plan when and where the intervention will take place, as well as write down what they will say to the addict. The family mediator will ensure that communication is calm and constructive. The family mediator also researches treatment plans and discusses treatment options with the family in order to determine which will suit the addict’s individual needs. Each participant decides on a consequence that will result if the addict refuses treatment for his opium addiction.

Treatment for Opium Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to opium, take the first step toward recovery. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about options for professional treatment of opium addiction. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you begin to regain control of your life. Call today.