When Someone You Love has an Opioid Addiction

Most people who suffer from addiction have family members whose lives are also negatively impacted by the disease. People with an addiction may experience financial, health, and job problems that can make their home lives stressful and chaotic. They may demonstrate behaviors that come across as unpredictable, confusing, and frustrating to those who love them.

The first step in helping a family member who has an addiction is to educate yourself about the disease. Find as much support as you can – whether it’s through Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, or other services that are available. Substance use disorders can be effectively treated with detox, medications, and behavioral interventions. Download SAMHSA’s booklet for families on substance use treatment here.