Are There Support Groups for Parents of Addicts?

Are There Support Groups for Parents of Addicts?

You’ve probably made it here because you have a child that has been battling their own addiction. You’ve tried everything, and at this point, you are desperate because nothing seems to work. Although you are not the one going through the addiction, you are still being affected by its consequences. In addition, you are feeling hopeless and alone because it seems like no one around you truly understands what you’re going through. That can feel very isolating and scary, but the truth is, you are not alone. There are many other families out there that are going through similar situations as you. You may be wondering how you can find them. 

Are There Support Groups for Parents of Addicts? 

Many support groups are available for parents of addicts looking for a safe space to share their concerns, seek support, and ask questions. A quick google search will allow you to find support groups specific to your area as mental health centers often have them available. There are also groups that are run nationally, such as Nar-Anon, Al-Anon, and Families Anonymous. The most important thing about these groups is that they are always anonymous, do not cost anything to the members, and are available on a walk-in basis. 

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon Family Groups is a 12-step program for family members and friends of addicts. It is a place for people to go for support when they are struggling with dealing with the behavior of an addict, whether it’s their brother/sister, mother/father, sister/son, friend, and more. This group allows its members to share their experiences, look for support, and ask questions in a safe space. Just like Narcotics Anonymous, this group is also anonymous. Meetings are available in-person or online. There is no financial cost associated with attending. 

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups, similar to Nar-Anon, is also a 12-step program for family members and friends of addicts. However, it is geared specifically toward those who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol abuse. Al-Anon is also a place to seek support, share experiences, and ask questions anonymously. They have meetings available online and in person. There is no financial cost associated with attending.

Families Anonymous

Families Anonymous is also a 12-step program for family members of addicts. It was originally created in 1971 by a group of parents in California who were concerned about their children battling substance use. Today, this group helps provide support and a safe space for all family members and friends who are struggling with someone in their life who is battling addiction. 

How to Get Your Child Help with Addiction Today

It can be challenging to try to help your child with their addiction. It’s tough when they are not ready for treatment. However, talking with them, going over their options, and letting them know that you will always be there for support can be helpful. Once they are ready for treatment, it’s important to point them in the right direction of trust mental health professionals that are trained in substance use. The Last House can help. 

The Last House has been around for over ten years to help men strive to achieve sobriety in their life. We offer a supportive environment with skilled staff whose passion is to help those with addiction concerns and services that promote building skills to maintain a sober lifestyle. Our program includes groups, therapy, accountability, and exploring sober activities. When you leave The Last House, you will leave with long-lasting connections and the skills you need to continue your sobriety long-term. The Last House is connected with Thrive Treatment to be easily in contact with quality treatment teams to ensure the care you are getting is consistent. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you.

Why is Fentanyl So Dangerous?

Why is Fentanyl So Dangerous?

Opioid use and addiction have been an issue in the United States for decades. Deaths related to opioid overdoses have gradually been on the rise over the past 20 years. More recently, fentanyl has been making the news because of the rising number of overdose deaths related to this drug. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl began to rise around 2012 and since has increased nearly 14-fold. These figures are very alarming and thus raise the question – Why is fentanyl so dangerous? 

What is Fentanyl? 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine, oxycodone, and other pain relievers – except is it much more potent. It can be up to 100 times more potent than other opioids. It can be prescribed for pain relief, but it is typically used when patients become tolerant of other opioids. That is, they require more significant amounts of the drug to get the same effect. Because fentanyl is so potent, users can use less of this drug to relieve pain. When a doctor prescribes fentanyl, it can be given through an injection, a patch, or a lozenge. Fentanyl is also sold illegally in the form of a powder.

Why is Fentanyl So Dangerous? 

High Risk of Addiction

It is very easy to become addicted to fentanyl because of how potent it is. Once people become addicted, it is challenging to recover because of how severe the withdrawal symptoms can be. Many people will return to use to escape the severe withdrawal effects. People going through withdrawal from fentanyl experience muscle and bone pain, sleep problems, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goosebumps, intense cravings, uncontrollable leg movements

High Risk of Overdose

Because fentanyl is much stronger, it doesn’t take as much to get the same effect as other opioids. If one is not careful, it is easy to take too much and overdose. It is especially dangerous if someone is addicted to opioids and not educated on fentanyl. They could overdose unintentionally due to not understanding its power. 

Additionally, many people consume fentanyl without even knowing it and then overdose as a result. This occurs more and more often because many drug dealers are lacing other drugs, such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, with fentanyl to cut costs and increase effects.

Treatment for Addiction to Fentanyl (Or Other Opioids)

Overcoming addiction to fentanyl and other opioids is very difficult, but not impossible. Luckily, there are a lot of evidence-based treatments available to meet the needs of clients. Treatment options include:

  • Long-term rehab: A 30-90 day stay at a 24/7 facility where you receive medication management and intensive group and individual therapy. 
  • Intensive Outpatient: 90 days of intensive group therapy about 3-4 times per week and individual therapy and medication management. 
  • Outpatient Services: Continued treatment that is less intensive once the client has been sober and completed higher levels of treatment. 
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment: Medications available to help people maintain sobriety and combat cravings. 

How The Last House Can Help 

The Last House is a sober living home located in Los Angeles. We are an aftercare facility for those trying to build a life free of drugs and alcohol. We have created a facility full of staff that strives to see you grow. The Last House is a place for you to figure out your strengths and interests as you maintain your sobriety. We can help you to meet your needs through your recovery. Contact us today to figure out how The Last House and Thrive Treatment fit into your journey to recovery.