SUSPICION OF OPIATE MISUSE
Clermont County Crisis Hotline: 513.528.SAVE (7283)
If you think your loved one might be misusing opiates, you cannot fix the problem by yourself, but there are some steps you can take:
Know the symptoms. An individual addicted to opiates may deny having a problem. Go to Identifying Opiate Misuse to learn more about the symptoms of opiate addiction.
Learn about drug addiction. Understand addiction and why someone might be misusing opiates. Don’t judge the person; focus on their behavior and your concern for their well-being. See Defining Addiction.
Don’t ignore the problem or try to cover it up. This won’t make the problem go away.
Talk to your loved one about his or her drug habit. Honest feelings expressed
by people who care can help the loved one face the problem. If you believe that your loved one may
be misusing opiates, try to answer the questions below as honestly as possible. If the person is willing, you can include him or her in the discussion. (*"Drugs" is used here to refer to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol.)
If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, your loved one might have a substance abuse problem. In the most severe cases, it is called an addiction. It can happen to people from all backgrounds, rich or poor, and it can happen at any age.
Resource: National Institute on Drug Abuse