Having a best friend, a sister or parent who is an opiate addict can present unique challenges in your life. Despite this, you may still feel an urge to be there for this person in the hopes that he or she decides to get help. What should you know if your friend or family member is an addict?
No matter what happens to your friend or a family member, it isn’t your fault. Therefore, it isn’t in your best interest to second guess yourself or otherwise feel guilty about not doing all you could.
There may come a point where you have to cut ties with your son, brother or friend. While it may be the hardest thing you could ever do, it may be the catalyst needed for an addict to get help.
In times of desperation or possibly times of clarity, an addict will say or do whatever you want to hear or see. However, there is a good chance that this person will go back to his or her old ways without going to rehab.
An addict who has not used in a day or two could present with serious issues such as fatigue, sweating and irritability. Worst of all, a person may not know what he or she is doing while coming down from a high. Be aware that these changes could come suddenly and without warning.
Rehab is a journey and a process that may not be finished in one setting. Therefore, do not assume that your friend or family member is better just because he or she has completed rehab. There is a chance of relapse or other challenges that are completely normal for anyone addicted to anything.
It can be a helpless feeling watching a friend or family member go through an addiction. The important things to know is that you aren’t responsible for the addiction and their actions aren’t your fault. By encouraging that they get help, you are playing your role in their recovery perfectly.
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