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by Harry
(Pittsbugh Pa)

My son is 31 he started using at around age 20 off and on, he is now on and in addition to the drug use, his wife filed for divorce, they have 2 children, age 2 / 6.

I approached him today and asked him repeatedly to seek help NOW, he said he will on his own, he has no insurance but there are clinics that will take him, in our area. I don't know what to do or say anymore to get him across that line of resistance, I am getting very desperate?

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May need to hit bottom
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Harry,

Everyone with an opiate addiction is unique. Because addiction is a disease of the brain, and each brain is unique, the course of addiction is different and unpredictable in everyone.

Opiates attack the brain and change it so that the ONLY thing the addict wants is the drug. It is likely that your son has lost the ability to reason because of the drug's effect on his brain and the only pleasure your son feels in when he is high.

To break this cycle he MUST experience ALL of the negative effects of his drug use including jail and homelessness if necessary. Once he begins to experience those extremely negative effects you should be able to convince him that drug rehab is better than his current life.

Your son is in a fight for his life and his own brain is against him. This is why it is often so difficult to get an addict into treatment.

Have you tried an intervention with a professional interventionist? Call a good local treatment center and hire an interventionist to help you and the rest of his family to do in intervention. Usually an interventionist can help you structure an invention to get him into treatment.

Also, start attending Al-anon meetings to get help and support as you go through this VERY difficult process.

Opiate addiction can be fatal so you must act as quickly as you can. Time is of the essence to get your son the help he needs.

Good Luck,


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