When opioid addiction is affecting someone you care about.

It’s important to know that this disease physically changes the brain. And over time, these changes can trap the person you know in a powerful cycle, which is what makes quitting so hard.

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What you can do

Prepare for a conversation

It can be really hard to start a conversation if you think someone you care about is addicted to opioids. Before you do, make sure you understand the disease and possible symptoms.

Common symptoms:

  • Strong desire for opioids
  • Inability to control or reduce use
  • Continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning
  • Use of larger amounts over time
  • Spending a lot of time getting and using opioids
  • Withdrawal symptoms after stopping or reducing use

Only a healthcare provider can diagnose this disease. Reaching out to a healthcare provider or counselor can also help you learn ways to talk to a loved one about opioid addiction.

Talk about treatment

Opioid addiction needs to be diagnosed, treated, and monitored. There are healthcare providers who are trained to treat opioid addiction.

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You can also talk to a loved one or friend about this website to learn more about SUBLOCADE.

If the person you care about decides to get help, there may be setbacks such as relapses, but treatment can be restarted at any time. Don’t give up.

Get counseling

If you’re trying to help someone who is struggling with opioid addiction, it’s important to take care of yourself too. Talking to a counselor who understands addiction may help.

If you need help finding support, try a resource like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or call at 1-800-622-HELP. This free service in English and Spanish is for individuals and family members facing addiction.

Find a buprenorphine treatment provider

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) also provides treatment information. Visit the SAMHSA website to find a facility near you that can provide treatment based on patient-specific criteria. Download steps for using SAMHSA's 
Treatment Services Locator

For more information on how to find a facility, call INSUPPORT® at 1-844-467-7778.

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