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Contact only the closest family and friends of your loved one to join in supporting him/her through recovery. They will need to become educated as to how to support recovery and what to expect.
WHAT TO DO NOW
LOCATE A TREATMENT CENTER
Make sure to access the research about heroin addiction and recovery. There are many "beliefs" out there. Recovery from heroin has many paths. There is no "one size fits all." You want to maximize your recovery odds.
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* BE SUPPORTIVE IN GETTING YOUR CHILD/LOVED ONE INTO TREATMENT
THE TREATMENT-SEEKING ADDICT DOES NOT NEED "TOUGH LOVE."
Gather close friends & family of your loved one to join the support groups.
* BE PREPARED TO BE PART OF THE TREATMENT PROCESS
* THIS IS A LIFETIME JOURNEY - EXPECT RELAPSES. Be prepared. When a relapse occurs, do NOT express disappointment, rather encouragement that "tomorrow is
a new day."
Medications used in MAT for opioid treatment can only be dispensed through authorized physicians.
TREATMENT CENTERS THAT CANNOT PROVIDE A PATHWAY THAT INCLUDES MAT will minimize its importance... >>more about MAT
If you have chosen a treatment center using the CRITERIA on this website, the treatment center will guide you through the process. Make sure to educate yourself and be understanding and patient.
DON'T DENY YOUR LOVED ONE IS AN ADDICT BECAUSE:
He/she does not fit the perceived stereotype of an addict or a "junkie." THERE IS NO STEREOTYPE EXCEPT YOUTH.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICATION-ASSISTED THERAPY
Read more about how how heroin changes the brain, and thus, the person
He/she can go a month or two without using. THESE PEOPLE ARE HIGH RISK FOR OVERDOSE; when they use, they are unaware of their lowered tolerance and make miscalculations.
* MOST IMPORTANT: FIND A GOOD, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT CENTER
Know what to ask
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KEEP IN MIND
He/she has "only been using for a month." ADDICTION TO HEROIN CAN OCCUR IN DAYS. If you are addicted or "dependent," you are an "addict."
He/she is seeking treatment. THE TREATMENT-SEEKING "ADDICT" IS STILL AN "ADDICT."
Many Sober Living facilities have a zero tolerance policy and do not allow those in recovery to stay on their medication-assisted therapy. This is not a principle to argue. The data are clear: THIS IS A LIFE OR DEATH DECISION. THE GOAL IS TO KEEP YOUR LOVED ONE ALIVE THROUGH RECOVERY.
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