Families can help addicts in numerous ways when it comes to conquering a loved one’s addiction. However, they can also hold an addict back when he seeks treatment. Families are often on the front lines watching how the addict changes due to morphine abuse. This can tear families apart and make them feel like they are not only worsening the addiction, but also themselves.
Family members often think they are helping and supporting each other, but they can easily contribute to addiction in the following ways:
Family members may share medications with each other to save money or time on additional prescriptions and doctor’s visits. However, this can help spark an addiction or contribute to an already existing one. Whether or not you believe you are compounding an addiction, you may nevertheless do so, because addicts are known to hide their addictions for a tremendous amount of time. If families are supplying the need for drugs, addicts will continue to hide their drug abuse. Furthermore, constantly scrutinizing an addict can make her turn to more drug use to alleviate the emotional pain. Addicts need support more than condemnation. Lastly, by allowing the addict to have access to medication, you are only enabling the addiction.
Professionals find it extremely beneficial to involve families in an addict’s treatment. Included in following are some of the reasons why professionals believe family participation is crucial for rehab:
Addicts are often under a huge amount of emotional distress once they get sober. The reason being is all the wrongs committed by either the addict or his family needs time for healing. For the addict to move forward, she and her family must heal from the addict’s choices and behaviors. Addicts must face their families and friends and acknowledge their wrong doings. This can help family members feel validated and help their relationships move forward. By building a strong foundation with family members, addicts can have support if they start to crave morphine again. By calling family and friends when these cravings occur, addicts can talk through their emotions and cravings to help avoid relapse.
If you or a loved one struggle with morphine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about addiction and find the best treatment program for your needs. Call today for instant, professional support.