With opiate addiction barreling at full steam through towns all across the country, many families are clueless as to what to do with an opiate addicted child. Parents look at their addicted son or daughter and want to know why they ended up like this. They know that they raised their kid in a loving, caring home. They provided everything they ever needed. The child was sent to good schools and was involved with all sorts of extracurricular activities. How on earth did they end up addicted to drugs?
Truth of the matter is that prescription painkillers are everywhere. They are overproduced, and easy to find in almost any high school. In 1997, approximately 10 tons of oxycodone was produced worldwide. 13 years later in 2010, 122.5 tons was produced! That is an astronomical jump in manufacturing. Are people in more pain today than they were in 1997? It's hard to say, but the prescribing habits of doctors have definitely changed and a 1200% increase in production in less than 15 years should be alarming to everyone.
Educating yourself on opiate addiction is the key to understanding what is going on in your child's brain and body. Here at CalmSupport, we have a vast amount of blog posts about opiates, withdrawals, recovery and support to keep you informed on all aspects of addiction.
When your child uses prescription painkillers or heroin for over 1 months time, they are altering their brain chemicals without even knowing it. Chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin start to alter in the brain because using pain pills or heroin causes a rush of these chemicals to flood their system. This causes the brain to deplete their chemicals when the drug is not available. This leads to extreme mood swings, hot and cold sweats, aches, pains, depression, anxiety and much more.
Seeing these symptoms and the change in your child's personality will help you pinpoint the issue before it gets too severe. Talk with your son or daughter about what is going on in their life. Be open with them about drug use and addiction. Being supportive and trying to help them no matter what their condition is will increase their chances for a successful recovery. Allow your child to tell you the truth about their issues and what's going on in their life, without you getting upset. The more comfortable your children are with you, the better chance of talking with them and getting them the help they need. Listen to everything they have to say without interrupting them. You can learn a lot by listening to your child about their own addiction.
The damage your child has done to your family and household can be healed. The most important part of the situation is getting your child healthy and into a stable recovery. Keep a positive outlook for the future and remember, no child is too far gone, there is ALWAYS hope.