It can be a struggle to take on MMT during addiction treatment, and some days may be harder than others for your friend or loved one who does so. Making the 5 promises below while they are going through this program can help them immensely and make recovery so much easier.
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1. “I Will Listen.”
Sometimes listening is the best thing you can possibly do for your loved one. Showing them that you are there for them and that you are invested in their recovery can make an enormous difference in their life, especially during a program as long and difficult as MMT.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, involvement of a loved one “in an individual’s treatment program can strengthen and extend treatment benefits,” and you can be involved just by offering to listen.
2. “I Will Drive.”
It can be difficult to go to the clinic every day, and especially in the beginning, driving one’s self after receiving the medication can be concerning. At least until your friend understands what they will feel like on their new medication, you can offer to drive in order to help them out. And some days, it can nice to just take the trip with them so they won’t feel as lonely.
3. “I Will Help.”
Your friend may not have the time or energy to devote to their household chores and other important matters when they first start taking methadone. Therefore, offering to clean the house, do the dishes, make dinner, or to help out in other ways could benefit you both. It will also make it much easier for them to focus on their treatment, knowing you are helping to pick up the slack.
4. “I Will Monitor.”
Offering to monitor your friend during their addiction treatment can be extremely helpful to them. Like their doctors will be doing, you can monitor them both for drug use and for signs of depression, which is essential for anyone who has been abusing opioids (National Library of Medicine). If you notice something, it is important to bring it to your friend’s or their doctor’s attention in order to help them stay on track and stay sober.
5. “I Will Be Here.”
Many people are hesitant to start addiction treatment because they are afraid their loved ones will forget about them or stop supporting them while they are attempting to navigate the program. Remind your loved one that you aren’t going anywhere and that you are going to help them through treatment to the best of your ability.
Showing them you want to see them get healthy and put an end to their drug abuse will be absolutely beneficial to their overall recovery.