Helping Loved Ones Get Into Treatment for Opioid Addiction


Written By:    Jackie Cortez   ( )

The opioid crisis is spreading far and wide across America.  It is showing up everywhere from big cities and upper class suburbs to small town USA.  It isn’t just affecting random strangers anymore.

More and more associates, coworkers, friends, and even family members are getting involved with these dangerous drugs.  Almost one hundred people are dying everyday from from overdosing on opioids.

The damage these drugs are doing to families and communities is hitting home harder than ever, but there is hope.  There are ways to help and get those who need it into much needed Opioid Addiction Treatment.

Opioid Addiction


Forms Of Opioid Addiction

Opioid drugs come in several different forms, from doctor prescribed pain medications to heroin.  How did this epidemic happen?  How did our friends and family get caught up in drug abuse?  Several doctors prescribed these powerful drugs for pain management to their patients.

These drugs are extremely addictive.  Over time the body builds up a tolerance requiring more for the same effect.  After becoming addicted, some people seek out less expensive and often illegal forms of opiates such as heroin to satisfy their addiction.

You may think you’re immune to addiction, but anyone who is prescribed opiates for pain management has a risk of becoming addicted – even you.  The longer you are prescribed the medication, the higher your risk of addiction.

If you have a spouse, family member, or friend who is using opiates for pain management after surgery, injury, or other legitimate reason, make sure you check on them frequently and talk with them.

If they have young children suggest that they lock up their medication so that their children or children’s friends do not access and abuse the prescriptions. Watch for signs of mood swings, anxiety, poor coordination and decision making.  These could be warning signs of an Opioid Addiction.


opiate addiction


Prescribed Opioids To Addiction

Check to make sure they are taking the prescribed doses and not abusing them. If you suspect or are concerned about someone abusing the medication, it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on the quantity of pills being consumed.

Make sure the prescription isn’t running out too quickly. Be especially alert for signs of an overdose.  Signs may include a weak heart rate and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, limp body, or pale face. Call emergency services immediately if any of these signs are present.

If you suspect a friend or loved one to be abusing opiates it’s important to get them help as soon as possible.  Luckily there are treatment options out there. The first step is to talk to your doctor.  They may be able to prescribe a different medication that can help.

There are three main medications available to treat the symptoms of withdrawal and get an addict to stop using the substance.  Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are used as part of a medication-assisted therapy program that has proven to be effective in patient recover.

After the initial detox it is critical to follow up with counseling to make sure the patient does not enter into a relapse.  Counseling and treatment options are available and some treatments are even available in your doctor’s office.

Opioid Addiction


Opioid Addiction Treatment

Although medications affect people differently, nobody is immune from the effects of a highly addictive substance.  Many associate a false sense of security due to the fact that opiates are often prescribed by doctors. 

The fact that many households contain a form of prescription opiates make them available for abuse by children and young teens as well.

It is important to watch out for our friends and family that may be susceptible to opiate addiction.  There are several warning signs that people may inhibit once they become addicted to and start abusing these dangerous drugs.

If you suspect a loved one may be falling victim to this national crisis, talk with them and get them help immediately.  There is help available, and it’s never too late.  Medications and counseling have proven to be effective in the fight against opioid addiction, and helps lead down to a successful road to recovery.


We would like to thank Jackie Cortez from, The Prevention Coalition. 

She has dedicated her life to fighting Addiction. 

We appreciate her articles.

Please check out her website.


Heroin Treatment Options




Please Support Our Site By Sharing Our Posts.


Opioid Addiction




  1. Thank you for that shocking article. One hundred people dying from opioid overdose a day? That is spectacular. It would mean a lot of doctors are over-prescribing wouldn’t it? I am just wondering why there are not tighter controls over these drugs with that shocking number of deaths. I’ve heard that there is a crisis, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a sense of how bad it is.

    1. Hi Dr.  Doug., what kind of Doctor are you>?  Just curious and I am glad that you took the time to read our Post and comment.  We need more people learning about this Opioid crisis so that we can pull together and find ways to fight it.

      This is not isolated to the inner city bums and thugs these days. Today, it is your attorney, your nurse, your neighbor or co-worker, friends or family who is an opiate or opioid (Heroin or Pain Pill) addict.

      Most Heroin addicts first became addicted to pain medications after legally being prescribed.  However, I do NOT blame doctors.  They are trying to help people lower than physical pain as was the case with me.  Genetics is why I became addicted and i had no idea it ran in my family until it was too late.

      They need to invent a physical pain medication that is as powerful as Fentanyl, but without any addictive qualities.  Like a Tylenol , but 100 times stronger. That would solve most issues.

      And, it is possible.  As a matter of fact, it has already  been accomplished, but it is not through the FDA yet.  A group of students and scientists at some college figured out how to take a molecule or something out of the pain medication related to addiction.  They removed it and tested it.  It was as strong as morphine, however it was NOT addictive at all when tested.  It was like Advil but stronger.

      We need new ways to combat opiate addiction.  Thanks for reading and please share so that we can reach more people.  matt B.



  2. Thank you for the post.

    It is vital for people to be made aware of the dangers of any addiction.The scary thing is, in today’s society everything is so easily accessible and people have become addicted to anything that brings instant gratification. People are addicted to drugs, medicine, food, alcohol ans sometimes even things like exercise. It’s worrying that we all can’t deal with being present in our own lives.

    1. Hi there and thank you for taking the time to read our Post and then comment.

      Our goal is to fight Opiate Addiction by using information which our site provides to people who needs it. We address detox, recovery, relapses, rehab, and treatment for both addicts and their loved ones.

      Addiction is a nasty topic that most people simply do not want to think about nor talk about.  But, we must force this issue to be talked about.  It is now a community problem that cannot be ignored.

      7 people die from drug overdose EVERY SINGE HOUR in the U.S.  That is 7 people dead every hour of the day.

      We must keep fighting and get more people involved to help others.

      Below are some additional Posts that might interest you or be sharable.   Regards, Matt B.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *