Blog, Resource, & Helpline for those battling Percocet addiction

Help for a Loved One

Help for a Loved One

Seeing a loved one slip into the trap of Percocet addiction is a frustrating and heartbreaking experience. It can be hard to know how best to help them without inadvertently doing something that may enable them to continue in their addiction. The first and most important step – one you have started by seeking out this information – is to find help. Fortunately a wide array of excellent support for you is just a phone call away.

How Does Percocet Addiction Happen?

Often one of the first questions the loved one of a Percocet addict asks is “How did this happen?” Understanding the roots of this disease and knowing how it progresses and affects the addict can help family members and friends have patience with their loved one, and it can increase the compassion with which they approach the situation.

Most Percocet addictions start with a legitimate prescription given for moderate to severe pain following a surgical procedure or injury. These prescriptions are often intended only for short periods of time. Percocet works by binding to opiate receptors in the brain, blocking their ability to receive pain signals through the central nervous system. In the process, the root chemical, which is directly related to more infamous opiates like heroin and morphine, blocks emotional or psychological distress and gives the user a mildly euphoric “high.” His or her brain will crave this relief in a very powerful, subconscious way. This psychological draw is the real power of addiction.

Sometimes it can increase the charity and forbearance we show toward our addicted loved one when we understand that their inability to quit abusing Percocet is due to a psychological disease as opposed to a weakness of character or self-discipline.

What Treatment Options Exist for Percocet Addicts?

Ultimately the best hope your loved one has for permanent recovery from opiate addiction is full-service rehab. The most successful of these programs combine innovative and well-proven therapeutic techniques into treatment plans that are individually designed to meet their specific needs. These programs are likely to include the following elements in their programs:

  • Various forms of outcome-oriented counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Spiritual and emotional care
  • Twelve-step programs
  • Introduction to healthy relaxation and temptation avoidance techniques

While outpatient versions of these programs are often available, it is important to encourage the addict to accept the round-the-clock support offered by inpatient or residential programs. These centers offer relaxing environments for the patient to focus on their physical and emotional healing full-time. Removal from the day-to-day pressures of life protects them from stressors and access to drugs.

You can help your loved one make the best treatment decision by collecting information for them and talking up the obvious benefits of residential rehab.

When is an Intervention Appropriate?

In some situations, when every attempt to communicate your concern to your loved one has failed, a group intervention may be in order. These events are confrontational and can be uncomfortable, but often they are necessary. If everything else has been tried, this kind of “shock and awe” moment may be the only thing that will work. Here are some guidelines and priorities to consider before staging a formal intervention:

  • Prepare ahead of time with addiction counselors and interventionists
  • Invite only the necessary people, not the largest group you can assemble
  • Have treatment suggestions at hand and plan for immediate admission when possible (this requires advance work with the treatment facility)
  • Establish and articulate healthy relational boundaries and be prepared to enforce them if necessary

Remember that the ultimate goal of an intervention is to bring on an enlightening moment where the addict realizes a few important things:

  • His disease is out of control and he needs help
  • Her disease is hurting herself and those she loves
  • Seeking treatment is his only healthy choice
  • If she fails to get well there will be boundary-related consequences
  • You and the others involved believe he can beat this disease and are in his corner for the long haul

If these objectives can be accomplished through personal and private contact, often called an informal intervention, you may be able to avoid a formal intervention. But if a formal intervention is the only option, consider hiring a professional interventionist or talking with an addiction counselor before you attempt to confront the addict.

What is Codependency and How Does It Affect Me?

Addiction doesn’t only impact the addict. Friends and loved ones are deeply affected as they relate to their addicted loved one in healthy and unhealthy ways. Codependents are at a heightened risk for depression, anger issues, physical abuse and addiction.

Understanding how codependency affects you and learning new, healthier ways of thinking, communicating and acting can make all the difference in your long-term health. Counseling for the loved ones of Percocet addicts is extremely valuable.

Where Can I Turn For Help?

The important thing right now is for you to understand that you are not in this alone. Many experienced, caring people are available to you. As the loved one of a Percocet addict, you have a very important role to play. Prepare yourself by calling our toll-free helpline any time of day or night, seven days a week. Our specially trained counselors will answer your questions and then connect you with the best possible treatment program for your loved one’s specific needs. From codependency counseling to insurance confirmation and travel logistics, we are ready to help you with every aspect of addiction recovery. Call us today.