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Heroin Addiction Caregiver Tips
- Learn about addiction. Drug addiction has long been thought of as a social or psychological problem, but we know now that dependence on a drug like heroin is a disease driven by brain chemistry. When you understand the nature of addiction and what your loved one is struggling with, you’ll be best equipped to help them in their fight with the disease.
- Strengthen the bonds of family. Your loved one’s best chance of recovery comes when he or she is surrounded by a supportive community. Spend time together as much as possible, and be willing to participate in family therapy so that you can learn how to cope with the addiction together.
- Be prepared for setbacks. Heroin addiction is tenacious, and relapses are common even after prolonged periods of abstinence. Try not to be discouraged, and know that relapse does not mean that the battle is over.
- Protect yourself. Caregivers of people with addictions are susceptible to health problems, including substance abuse, themselves. Don’t neglect your own physical and mental health, and get help from a support group when you need it.
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