Addiction101 Addiction Network

Helping an opioid addict can be challenging, but here are some steps you can take to support them:

Express your concern: Let the person know that you are concerned about their drug use and that you want to help them.

Educate yourself: Educate yourself on opioid addiction, including the signs and symptoms, risks, and available resources for recovery.

Encourage professional help: Encourage the person to seek professional help for their addiction. This may involve contacting a healthcare provider, addiction specialist, or treatment program.

Offer support: Offer emotional support to the person during their journey towards recovery. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and offer a listening ear.

Help them find resources: Help the person find resources for their recovery, such as support groups or treatment programs in your area. In addition, you can help them identify healthy activities or hobbies that can keep them occupied and help them stay away from drugs.

Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with the person around their drug use and the impact it is having on your relationship. This may involve setting limits on their behavior or refusing to enable their drug use.

Attend support groups: Attend support groups such as Nar-Anon or Al-Anon to receive support and guidance on how to deal with the person’s addiction.

Remember, helping an opioid addict to overcome addiction can be a difficult and ongoing process that requires ongoing support and commitment. By expressing your concern, educating yourself, encouraging professional help, offering support, helping them find resources, setting boundaries, and attending support groups, you can support the person in their journey towards a healthier, sober life.