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I think my son needs opiate addiction treatment, what do I do?

Opiate addiction treatment sounds scary and it can be hard to acknowledge when a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, but you aren’t alone.  Many families across the United States are dealing with a loved one who has a problem with drugs or alcohol.  These families come from all different backgrounds, all different ethnic groups, religions and socioeconomic levels.  No one is immune from addiction.

Recognizing that your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol can be hard, but it is the only way to help them.  Denial and avoidance will only make the problem worse.

How to get opiate addiction treatment

If you believe your son or daughter needs help with addiction, it is important to seek a qualified and professional treatment.  Opiate addiction treatment programs, like all rehab programs need to be licensed and certified.  The first step is to do your research.  Seek referrals from friends, colleagues and medical professionals.  Ask questions, seek references and check qualifications.  You can review a program’s licenses with the state and other certifying organizations.  Ask what the counselor’s qualifications are and what type of programs are on offer.  Ask about insurance coverage and payment options and most of important of all, ask for the treatment programs and follow up programs they offer.  It is important to find an opiate addiction treatment program that will support your son or daughter during treatment and after treatment.  Look for a program that offers family therapy options.

After you have selected a treatment program, speak with the admissions staff about getting your son and daughter into a program.  Ask questions about time-frames, requirements, medication, etc… as well as family therapy and support.

Life after opiate addiction treatment

Opiate addiction treatment will not change the person your loved one is, but it will help them become a healthier version of themselves.  You should expect to see them make more positive choices and healthier decisions after opiate addiction treatment.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard.  Life after opiate addiction treatment can be challenging both for your son or daughter and for you.  Be open about how you are feeling, your expectations, your limits and your boundaries.  This will help your relationship with your child and help your child in recovery.  Many families find family therapy and support groups to be extremely helpful while a child is in opiate addiction treatment and beyond.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today.  Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.