Help for brother with heroin addiction

by Krystal
(Orange County, CA)

Hello,
We are trying to find a program for my brother who is suffering from a heroin addiction. We are interested in attending meetings to learn how, we as a family, can become educated on what we can do to help him and also understand this disease.

Can you please recommend a place near us in Orange County?

Thank you,

Krystal

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Heroin addiction is attack your brother's brain.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Krystal,

Heroin addiction is a disease of the brain, which means heroin is likely stopping your brother from reasoning normally about his drug use. That's why addiction treatment is often so difficult.

As a heroin addict, all we want is heroin. Anyone who tries to stop us is hurting us and is wrong. We often loose all of our ability to be rational about our drug use and just want everyone to leave us alone. Heroin seems to be particularly difficult to stop using.

I recommend you and your family join Al-anon and begin to work the 12 steps. Once you're regularly attending Al-anon, invite your brother to start attending meetings to.

There are a lot of meetings everyday in Orange County and here is a web page that lists them:

http://www.ocalanon.org/meeting-directory/

Try to attend meetings at least twice a week for the first three months so that you can learn as quickly as possible about your brothers addiction.

Good luck,

Debbie

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