No matter how old your child is, it is a painful experience to see your child suffer with opiate addiction. You want the very best for your child, yet he or she may seem completely unconcerned about the life-altering impact of opiate addiction. As with any addiction, your child’s addiction affects the whole family. His or her behavior is out of control and unpredictable, leaving family members feeling helpless, angry, afraid and traumatized. While you may think you have tried everything to help your child, including rescuing, cajoling and even ignoring your child, the best thing you can do is talk with your child about getting professional help.
Family Mediation and Intervention
Family intervention is often the catalyst for helping an opiate addict recognize the painful effects of addiction. Before the mediation or intervention process, a professional interventionist will guide the family through the steps of confronting the addict. That professional will also guide the mediation session (also called an intervention), helping your child feel more comfortable and less defensive, while also giving family members the opportunity to voice their concerns and hurts. A professional can help manage strong emotions exhibited by everyone involved.
Finding Rehab Programs for Your Adult Child
Once an adult child recognizes the need for rehab and recovery, you can provide support and encouragement throughout the rehabilitation process. You can even help him or her find the best rehab program for his or her needs. Your family physician should have information about drug rehabilitation facilities in your area. In addition, churches and other non-profit organizations in the area will have information. You can also look on the internet. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers questions that you as a parent can ask to ensure that the facility and program is right for your child. Questions to ask include the following:
- Does the program base its treatment on scientific evidence?
- Will the program tailor its treatment program to meet my child’s needs?
- Will the program adapt its treatment strategy as my child’s needs change?
- What is the duration of the treatment? Will that duration be sufficient for my child’s level of addiction?
- Does the program emphasize Narcotics Anonymous or other 12-step programs? If so, which ones? If not, why?
- Does the program treat any co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD (trauma)?
- Does the treatment facility offer a family program, family weekends, or family counseling?
Once your child has entered rehab, you can continue to help. Positive actions you can take include visiting, participating in family programs and refusing any excuses to leave rehab. Just like your adult child must deal with the issues surrounding his or her addiction, you as a parent must also examine your own life and be prepared to make changes to ensure that your relationship is healthy in the future.
Getting Help for Your Child’s Opiate Addiction
An important element in helping your child overcome opiate addiction is giving him or her options for treatment. We can help you with this. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour number, and a recovery treatment specialist will talk with you about the options available to your son or daughter. Our caring staff understands the pain and agony of your child’s opiate addiction, and we want to help. Call us today.