page contents Benchmark Opioid Addiction Treatment | Information for Families - Benchmark Urgent & Family Care
Opioid Addiction Metairie Urgent Care

Opioid Addiction 

 Benchmark Urgent and Family Care - Metairie, LA

Opioid Addiction Metairie Louisiana Urgent Care



Now that your family member is in treatment, things are starting to change. Some of the tension and turmoil that probably were part of your life may be starting to ease. 

But the first weeks of treatment are stressful. Each family member is adjusting to changes, starting to deal with past conflicts, and establishing new routines. Amid all these changes, it is important that you take good care of yourself—get enough sleep, eat right, rest, exercise, and talk to supportive friends and relatives. Your church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or other spiritual organization also may be a good source of support. Recovery is not just an adjustment for the person in treatment—it also is an adjustment for you. 

For the past few years, you may have assumed roles or taken care of tasks that were your loved one’s responsibilities. Now, as time passes, you and he or she may need to learn new ways of relating to each other and learn different ways of sharing activities and chores. If you are the parent of an adolescent in treatment, you will need to be closely involved in treatment planning and treatment activities. You may need to adjust your life and family relationships to allow for the extra time this involvement will take.

You may have many questions about how your family member will behave in these early stages of recovery. Everyone acts differently. Some people are very happy to be getting treatment at last; others suffer a great deal while they adjust to a new life and attempt to live it without drugs. They may be sad, angry, or confused. It is important for you to realize that these are normal reactions and to get support for yourself.

Today, many family members of people who use drugs also participate in Al-Anon or Alateen. These meetings are free and available in most communities. Your community also may have Nar-Anon meetings. This group was founded for families and friends of those using drugs. Other groups also may be helpful, such as CoDependents Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics. 

Many treatment professionals consider substance use disorders family diseases. To help the whole family recover and cope with the many changes going on, you may be asked to take part in treatment.

This approach may involve going to a family education program or to counseling for families or couples.

It is important to remember the following points as you and your family member recover:

·      You are participating in treatment for yourself, not just for the sake of the person who used substances.

·      Your loved one’s recovery, sobriety, or abstinence does not depend on you.

·      Your family’s recovery does not depend on the recovery of the person who used substances.

·      You did not cause your family member’s substance use disorder. It is not your fault.

You may still have hurt feelings and anger from the past that need to be resolved. You need support to understand and deal with these feelings, and you need to support your loved one’s efforts to get well.


Remember: Help is always there for you, too.  




The thought process in which a person does not believe he or she has a problem, despite strong evidence to the contrary. It is a way of protecting oneself from painful thoughts or feelings.

Detoxification (or “detox”)

A process that helps the body rid itself of substances while the symptoms of withdrawal are treated. It is often a first step in a substance abuse treatment program. 

Follow-up care

Also called continuing care. Treatment that is prescribed after completion of inpatient or outpatient treatment. It can be participation in individual or group counseling, regular contact with a counselor, or other activities designed to help people stay in recovery. 

Halfway house/sober house

A place to live for people recovering from substance use disorders. Usually several people in recovery live together with limited or no supervision by a counselor. 

Inpatient treatment

Treatment in a setting that is connected to a hospital or a hospital-type setting where a person stays for a few days or weeks.

Outpatient treatment

Treatment provided at a facility. The services vary but do not include overnight accommodation. Sometimes it is prescribed after inpatient treatment.


A recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement; that is, a person in recovery drinks or uses drugs again after a period of abstinence.

Relapse prevention

Any strategy or activity that helps keep a person in recovery from drinking alcohol or using drugs again. It may include developing new coping responses; changing beliefs and expectations; and changing personal habits, lifestyles, and schedules.

Residential treatment

Treatment in a setting in which both staff and peers can help with treatment. It provides more structure and more intensive services than outpatient treatment. Participants live in the treatment facility. Residential treatment is long term, typically lasting from 1 month to more than 1 year.

Self-help/12-Step groups

Support groups consisting of people in recovery that offer a safe place where recovering people share their experiences, strengths, and hopes. AA’s 12 Steps help the members recover from addiction, addictive behavior, and emotional suffering. These groups are free and are not supported by any particular treatment program.

Supportive living

Also called transitional apartments. A setting in which the skills and attitudes needed for independent living can be learned, practiced, and supported. It provides a bridge between supervised care and independent living.

Therapeutic community

Long-term residential treatment that focuses on behavioral change and personal responsibility in all areas of a person’s life, not just substance use.

Treatment plan

A plan that provides a blueprint for treatment. It describes the problems being addressed, the treatment’s goals, and the specific steps that both the treatment professionals and the person in treatment will take.


Any event, place, thing, smell, idea, emotion, or person that sets off a craving to drink alcohol or use drugs.