The Do’s and Don’ts Of Supporting a Loved One In Recovery

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We all desperately want to help a loved one in need. Families will often see first hand the dramatic side effects of drug and alcohol use, and it is natural for us to try and aid those we care about so they enter recovery and break the cycle.

All too often though, we can feel like more of a hindrance than a help. Everything we do to ‘help’ leaves us empty, and our loved one remains unchanged. This infographic by Morningside Recovery shows us the Do’s and Don’ts of supporting a loved one in recovery from an addiction.

Breaking down the stereotype that we need to confront them aggressively about addiction, and rather approach them openly and honestly, it shows us that we need to be willing to go through the long haul of recovery with them and stay committed to the journey.

Take a look at the infographic for more Do’s and Don’ts, and let us know how you support a loved one recovering from an addiction in the comment section.

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Supporting a Loved One In Recovery

Do you want to know more about supporting a loved one to break addiction? Do you struggle with substance abuse? Then here’s what you need to do: contact Colleen on 0434 337 245 or Duncan on 0434 331 243 for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how she can best help you, or press book now to book on the online diary.

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The Long Term Effects of Heroin Addiction

It is increasingly common for people of all walks of life to use heroin. It is no longer just a teenage fad, but a drug which enters workplaces, damages relationships and can do long term harm to a person’s health. You may be able to identify when a person is using heroin, but do you know the long term effects of the drug use?

This infographic by Addiction Blog shows us the science and the consequences of heroin use. Far from being a substance you can just ‘shake off,’ heroin enters your blood and affects many areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex (your vision), brain stem and your spinal cord. Often people who continually consume drugs find themselves upping their dosage to receive the same high they did when they started. Their tolerance of heroin increases, and this is due to the opiates enacted when the heroin reaches our brain.

So how does the science of heroin use impact our body?

The amount of side effects that come with heroin use is staggering, and among them are nausea, pain modulation, sedation, delusions and hallucinations. While heroin use may initially feel good, the high covers a variety of dangerous symptoms that can severely change our lives.

Permanent side effects include kidney failure, a damaged brain stem and infection of the heart lining and valves, and we see that any use of heroin will dramatically alter your body. Reversible side effects include a running nose, watery eyes and blood poisoning. Not very glamorous, is it?

And if you think this a drug you can take once and stop, think again. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available, and each time you take it, it is increasingly more difficult to stop. We find heroin use continually takes over every aspect of a person’s life. Not just their health, but their mental and emotional state, their capacity to work and their relationships.

Do you know anyone who takes heroin? Are you concerned for their health and wellbeing? Check out the infographic here and educate yourself so you can help them.

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Do you struggle with heroin use? Do you need support with a loved one who has a heroin addiction? Then here’s what you need to do: contact Colleen on 0434 337 245  for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how she can best help you, or press book now to book on the online diary.