Social media has been flooded with images and even videos of people who overdose on heroin. We all have to admit that it’s not a pretty sight to see. You can’t help but ask, what happens to the families of those who overdose on heroin. From parents having to look at their child’s unresponsive body to children of parents who are motionless from the drug high. An alarming concern is now being carried across the country, campaigning for the evil called heroin to stop. Heroin is an epidemic that’s destroying lives, especially that of children.
Heroin overdose in Massachusetts is not uncommon too. In fact, in 2015, over 1379 deaths is caused by drug overdose. Among these overdoses is a majority whose death is from overdose on heroin. Only 8.3 percent of those who died had a prescription for an opioid drug, while 85 percent had taken heroin or fentanyl.
So what can you do if someone in your family is involved in drug-related activities? Whether it be using drugs, selling it or anything in between. As a concerned member of the family, you should do all that you can to help another family member who’s tangled up in illegal drugs. Below are some steps that you could take to help a family who is involved in illegal drugs.
Getting the rest of the family involved in persuading a family member to stay away from drugs is the first step that you could take. A lot of people who overdose on heroin do it to escape troubles in their lives. With no one there to help them out, instead of fixing the problem, they opt to do drugs instead as a form of escape. The family of someone who is involved in drugs should be supportive, not of the habit, but of the person. So that he may be able to feel that he has a family who is willing to provide him with support towards getting better.
Professional Intervention (Counselling)
Professional intervention is when an expert steps in to assess the root of the drug habit or drug affiliation. An expert can easily help your family understand why such a habit was formed by a member of your family. By knowing the ultimate reason for it, your family will then be able to help the concerned member better. Professional intervention is a step closer to getting better, mainly because counselors and therapists understand your family member.
People have said rehab fail to work because it is in rehab where an addict meets more addicts just like him. I beg to disagree. The only way for rehab to fail is if one is placed there forcefully. Someone who overdosed on heroin, passed out and woke up at a rehab center would definitely be reluctant to participate in the program for sure. But if you do intervention first, win an addict over to try and seek help professionally, then you have a better chance to truly help that person.
If you look at those three steps you may be wondering, is that all that I could offer? Is that all it takes for someone who overdose on heroin stop doing so the next day? I tell you, yes, in a nutshell it is. But do not underestimate those three steps. Getting through all of them are truly hard. The main thing to remember is that, you have to get involved in your family member’s journey towards getting better. People who are entangled with drugs need as much support as they could get from family. Should the unwanted happens, where your dear loved one gets entangled in the law due to a drug crime, hire a drug-related crime lawyer right away.