Let’s face it, Opiate Addiction is an epidemic. Thousands die each year in America from unintentional or accidental Opiate overdoses. It’s a huge problem!
Having a friend or relative with a known Opiate Use Disorder can create a very challenging situation. How do I get the person into treatment?

It’s a pretty fair bet, that if someone with an Opiate problem isn’t yet ready to stop using and enter rehab treatment, a lot of resistance will be met. Wanting to help someone is a natural and noble intention but is much easier said than done.

Sometimes, something called, and Intervention is undertaken, whereby many of the family and friends of the person with the drug problem confront the individual in a supporting manner to persuade them to seek help. In other instances, the courts may have to be involved to force a person into treatment on an involuntary basis.

It is typical for someone to think that forcing a friend or family member into treatment will only lead to resentment in the future. When the person leaves treatment, there is a common fear that they will no longer be close to those who participated in forcing them into treatment. In fact, just the opposite is true. With few exceptions, a person forced into drug treatment usually thanks those who helped facilitate their treatment. Afterall, it can save a life!

It is far better that a person with a drug or alcohol problem enter treatment voluntarily. Not only is it much easier and less stressful, but it is also less expensive. Getting the lawyers and courts involved in a case may be worthwhile, while costing more than a little amount of money. Of course, it’s easier to consider that it is well worth the cost if he prevents a fatal overdose on Opiate drugs in the future.

If you or someone you know in California has an Opiate Problem and wants help, check out: www.AddictionTeleMD.com for more information about Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Use Disorder with Suboxone therapy.