Remember that this is about your loved one’s health and well-being. It’s not about bad behavior and punishments, but about addiction.
Find Out Information About Treatment Options
Through scientific research, we know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Visit the “treatment” tab to find out more information on treatment options in our area.
Provide Support, Understanding, and Hope to the Loved One
Opiates, particularly heroin are very addictive and it is very difficult for individuals to stop. Remember that the very nature of addiction may mean that your loved one may reject help.
Know the Signs of an Opiate Overdose and What to Do
Individuals can easily overdose on opiates, particularly heroin. See Signs of Overdose.
Get a Narcan Kit
Naloxone or Narcan kits are available for FREE at Clermont Recovery Center, a division of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, with only a few minutes of training required. You can also get Narcan at all major pharmacy chains without a prescription. Narcan can save a life if someone has overdosed. Keep the kit handy. Call 911 after administering Narcan. The person will not be prosecuted.
This information was obtained from the following sources:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Drug Policy Alliance
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Many people think of a parent or grandparent when first asked “Who made you strong?” I thought of a Roman Catholic nun, my homeroom teacher in high school. I brought a list of words to school that I had lifted off my mom’s medical report, since no one at home would tell me what was wrong. The nun explained that ALS was a neurological disease, and defined the phrase “poor prognosis of recovery.” She did this with great care and support; it meant so much to me that I still see it as pivotal after 50 years!
Please note: There’s a lot of research on genetics and substance abuse that I don’t address here. Read about it, though. Your kids need to know their family history. It can help them make wise choices.