If something is wrong with someone you love, noticing it is the first step to getting them help. Often, opioid addicts conceal their addictions until they are too out of control to control their behavior. They are unable to function the way they used to at work, at home and in relationships. Maybe they are stealing money to buy drugs or they are hanging out with a new crowd that ignores and even fuels their troubled behavior.
Once you see a loved one in trouble, it’s very difficult to remain quiet. You want to help pull them back from the depths of despair.
At the same time, you may have no idea what to do to “save” them because they may be telling you they don’t need or want your help. So, what do you do if you suspect a loved one is addicted to opioids or heroinYou may have noticed changes in behavior, opiate addiction symptoms and signs, or deteriorating success at work, home and with relationships.
The first thing you need to realize is that addiction is a disease of the brain. The addict may be saying they don’t want or need help but their brain is not functioning properly. It’s up to you, the caregiver, to do what needs to be done. And, in most cases, the right thing to do is to get the addict to a doctor who can prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction.
What is MAT?
MAT is a whole-patient approach to getting clean. It’s a proven method that isn’t being prescribed nearly enough — considering the opioid epidemic. Physicians must undergo considerable training to be approved to prescribe the medications used in Medication-Assisted Treatment.
Dr. Jahan Chaudhry is the founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center. He has completed considerable training and has years of experience helping patients successfully get clean and off of opioids.
Studies conducted in 2013 reveal astounding statistics: about 1.8 million people were addicted to pain relievers and half a million people were suffering from opioid addiction related directly to the use of heroin. Those same studies prove that the type of treatment, MAT using FDA-approved Suboxone, provided at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center works.
As a caregiver, you play an important part of an addict’s treatment. Encouraging them to seek help from Dr. Chaudhry and supporting their treatment plan will help them get clean and sober.
In addition to simply offering motivation to keep pursuing treatment, you can drive them to and from the doctor’s office and counseling sessions, support their behavioral modification work, agree to go to group counseling and to help them get a new job so they can get back to the quality of life they once knew.
Get Your Loved One Help at the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center Today
Make an appointment or call 631-588-4888 to learn more about MAT, Dr. Chaudhry and the center — a play where you and your loved one will feel safe, heard and successful.