How to Help a Loved One Battle Opioid Addiction

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Opioid addiction has reached crisis level in the United States, with people from all walks of life struggling to overcome an addiction. Many families have also paid the ultimate sacrifice, losing children and other loved ones to accidental overdoses.

At the Klarity Clinics in Las Vegas, Nevada near Henderson, Fairfield, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio, experienced physicians, Henry Liang, DO, Adam Tibble, MD, and Nirvana Kundu, MD understand the devastating impact that opioid addictions have on individuals and those who love them. They offer comprehensive addiction services using NAD+ and ketamine therapy to increase the success of recovery from opioid addiction.

To help you help a loved one battling opioid addiction, the Klarity Clinic medical team offers some guidance.

Recognize the warning signs

In order to focus on what needs to be done to help a loved one who’s addicted to opioids, you first need to be able to recognize the warning signs. Some of the most common signs that someone is struggling with an opioid addiction include:

As the addiction continues, you may notice your loved one frequently misses family events or work or gets into legal trouble.

Don’t live in denial

It can be difficult to accept that someone you love is misusing opioids or other drugs. However, if you begin to notice changes in their behavior or see physical evidence of drug use, such as paraphernalia, seek out a support system.

Even if you aren’t ready to confront the addict, consult with a trusted friend, family member, or a professional addiction specialist. They can help you prepare for approaching the addict about getting help.

Ignoring the addiction not only increases the risk for an overdose or other serious consequences in the user, but it can also lead to long-term mental and emotional health struggles for you.

Work together for a solution

Although many addicts are affected by the physical effects of drug dependence and difficult to communicate with, it’s important that you work closely with them to find a solution for treatment.

A variety of options are available when it comes to treatment, and no solution is right for everyone. Take the time to research some options, so you’re better prepared to offer what help you can to your loved one.

Don’t start conversations with ultimatums; instead, listen to what your loved one has to say about treatment, and find ways to work together toward the same goal.

If you have questions about NAD+ and ketamine therapy for treating opioid addiction, you can schedule a consultation at Klarity Clinic to learn how this treatment may work for your family member or friend. This innovative therapy can also treat alcohol addiction and the side effects of addiction, such as anxiety and depression.

In fact, under the careful supervision of the Klarity Clinic medical team, NAD+ and ketamine therapy is even effective for trigger factors that contribute to the start of an addiction to drugs and alcohol, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.

Be available, but not enabling

The personality changes in your loved one battling addiction can be disarming, and your own feelings of sadness and guilt can unintentionally contribute to the problem.

When you know a family member or friend is deep in opioid addiction, it’s important that you set and maintain boundaries. This helps you avoid the pitfalls of enabling the addict with gifts of money or other support that helps them maintain their addiction.

When you struggle to stick to your boundaries, don’t delay seeking help for yourself. By being strong and healthy in your own right, you’re better equipped to be supportive of your loved one rather than a contributing factor to their addiction.

To learn how NAD+ and ketamine therapy works for opioid addiction, schedule an appointment at the Klarity Clinic nearest you by phone or by our Contact Request page.

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