In Over Your Head: 6 Important Lessons When You Love an Addict

I receive calls all the time from desperate families. They want to know how to get their loved one into treatment. They want to help but don't know what to do. There is hope for these families. Learning about addiction and recovery can make you more confident in conversations on the topic and a better advocate if your loved one seeks treatment. Here are six things you should know about addiction that will make you a more capable champion of the people in your life struggling with addiction. 1. Treatment is not your job. The guilt of losing a loved one to addiction is overwhelming. Parents, siblings, and spouses often ask what they might have done differently to save their loved one. There are no answers, for the most part because treating the addict is not your job. Your role is to love and encourage treatment, while setting good boundaries. "I love you and will drive you to treatment anytime of the day or night, but I will not drive you to the dealer's house or give you money." "I love you and want to know how I can help you find the right treatment program for you." That's the job of the family. Meanwhile, seek support for yourself from those who are familiar with addiction and its effects on families. 2. Naloxone (Narcan) saves lives. If you have a loved one using opioid painkillers or heroin, get a prescription (if needed where you live) for naloxone and know how to use it. Naloxone can revive many who have overdosed, enough to get them emergency medic...
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  What is the link between addiction and mental illness? Is addiction a choice? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss whether addiction should be classified as a disease and whether or not it should require medical treatment. Gabe also shares his personal story of addiction and how it tied in with his bipolar disorder. What’s your take? Tune in for an in-depth discussion which covers every angle of this often controversial topic. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning...
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Opioids are so highly addictive that they have created a dangerous and deadly epidemic in the United States. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids and that more than 90 Americans die on average by opioid overdose every day. Individuals can become addicted to opioids so quickly that it can be difficult to notice when the line has been crossed over to opioid abuse. If you or your loved one is taking opioids, whether legal or illegal, make note of these signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and how to get help. How Does Opioid Abuse Begin? Opioids work by binding ...
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Learning more information about the addiction treatment process can be difficult if you do not know where to start looking. One of the many places individuals may begin their search is with their primary care provider, which makes it important to know how to ask your doctor about addiction treatment. There are many reasons an individual may seek addiction treatment advice from their doctor, including: The doctor is prescribing medications that they believe they have become addicted to The individual is suffering from a condition that they believe their addiction is worsening or impacting The individual doesn’t have...
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What are the Signs of Opioid Use? Opioids are a group of drugs derived naturally from the poppy plant, or are man-made in a laboratory, also known as synthetic opioids. Opioids are generally prescribed to individuals suffering from chronic pain, whether from surgery, a major injury or other health issues. Legally prescribed opioids include morphine, codeine, and oxycodone, while illegal opioids include heroin. It is easy to know if an individual is using opioids if they’ve been prescribed, but it is also important to know the signs of opioid use if it has crossed the line into an addiction. Signs and Symptoms There a...
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Opioid withdrawal is one of the more uncomfortable parts of treatment, but it is one of the most important. There are many signs of opioid withdrawal, the length and severity of which can vary from person to person. However, each detox experience almost always includes strong cravings. Symptoms can be mild, such as sweating and yawning, while others can become more serious, like severe anxiety and depression. Opioid withdrawal can look like a scary experience; one that could deter people from getting the help they need. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be fought alone, and there are resources available to ma...
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The opioid crisis is known as the health crisis surrounding prescription, and nonprescription, opioid drugs. The overdose and death rates of opioids are climbing exponentially and the use of the drug is more rampant now than ever. How Did the Opioid Crisis Begin? In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. Before long, this lead to the medications becoming misused and it became apparent that these medications were indeed highly addictive. However,...
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The largest risks that come with using opioids are addiction and overdose. An overdose occurs when the body has received too much of a substance or a combination of substances. An opioid overdose can be fatal, which makes it important for all individuals to know the signs of one and what to do if it happens. What Happens During an Opioid Overdose? Opioid overdose can occur at any time, even if the opioids are being used as directed and as prescribed. Doctors can accidentally over-prescribe medications or the body can have a reaction that wasn’t expected. Opioids are a depressant, meaning they slow down the central n...
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Insomnia can be a disruptive condition that affects your entire life. When you aren’t able to sleep at night, it can negatively impact issues in almost every area of your life and well-being. If you are taking sleeping pills or are thinking about starting to take sleeping pills, make sure you know as much as possible about all the sleeping pill side effects. What Are Sleeping Pills and How Do They Work? Sleeping pills are used to treat insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is described as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with ins...
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