Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX. Some people feel ashamed talking about something like opiate addiction, especially a parent who feels that addiction reflects poorly on them. Please know that addiction affects families from all walks of life. By choosing transparency over secrecy, you can have an impact on the course of your loved ones addiction. I am not claiming you can sober them up, but I am saying you can choose to refrain from contribution to active addiction. Family conversation is important. Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX. If your loved one suffers from opiate addiction, there is very real risk of incarceration, overdose or death. You should know this. Unfortunately, this is the nature of opiate addiction. Many addicts travel too far across addictions bleak bridge into the confines of jail, or even worse, death. It does not matter whether an opiate addict hails from a healthy or unhealthy background. Once addiction takes hold, the risks are present. The risks of incarceration, overdose and/or death increase as addiction progresses. Many family and friends are unaware of the four stages of addiction. Each of the stages presents certain characteristics. Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX. Learn all you can. Research heroin addiction so that you can understand how and why it affects your loved one. Know the signs. Look for the telltale items if your addict is living in your home. Certain household items take on a new meaning, like aluminum foil, spoons, shoestrings, black smudges around the house. Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX. Pay attention to their cycle. The most important thing to know is that heroin is highly addictive and creates a physical dependence. In other words, when using becomes habitual, the body needs more and more of the drug to get high and at some point its needed just to feel normal. An addict who does not get his daily dose of opiates will begin to suffer dope sickness which causes pain in the muscles, crawling skin, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, sweats, and more. Ive seen my son suffer through this several times and its torturous. Addicts avoid dope sickness at all costs and become desperate to get their hands on more heroin to keep themselves from getting sick. This is often when illegal or immoral activities come into play. Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX. Get support for yourself from others who understand. Your family and friends may be well-meaning in their efforts to support you through this ordeal. Their intent is to comfort or help but unless theyve been directly affected by loving a heroin addict they cant possibly understand what you are going through. I highly recommend talking to people who walked the path ahead of you.[center]Traditional support. Thousands have found support through Al-Anon or Nar-Anon. Although Al-Anon focuses on families of alcoholics, the principals are the same. Many of my friends have learned to cope with addiction in their families as a result of Al-Anon. What has helped me the most is a blogging community of other parents. It developed spontaneously and is nothing official, we are a group of parents who randomly found each other via blogs. Ive learned more from them, and gained more support from them, than any other source. We may not always agree with each other, but hearing their stories and words of wisdom has been invaluable. Please feel free to visit my blog, Recovery Happens, and join in the conversation there. (I have a list of blogs that will connect you with this great group of people from all over the country.) You need to take care of yourself during this time; your own heath and well being are at stake. Recovery tips by health experts from Court Ordered Alcohol Rehab Centers in Amarillo TX.