How to discuss your addiction with Loved ones

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Genpsych  November 2017

Every life has it’s challenging moments and events but telling your loved ones that you are suffering from a substance addiction can be particularly challenging.  Revealing your addiction can create feelings of shame or embarrassment for yourself while simultaneously creating feelings of fear or resentment in your family and friends. Despite the fact that explaining your addiction to loved ones is challenging, it is necessary if you would like to start on the road to recovery. The information below will provide some guidance on how to break the news.

A brief overview of addiction

Basically, addiction is the inability to stop a particular behavior despite the adverse consequences that result. Addiction can be both physical and or psychological, most often it is both. This is especially true with addictions to substances such as alcohol and illicit drugs.

How to explain your addiction to Loved Ones

Once you admit to yourself that you have a substance abuse problem and make the life-changing decision to begin the recovery process, one of the first things you should do it explain your addiction to your family and friends. This step is essential for many reasons, one of which is that keeping it a secret from everyone makes it easier to relapse into the addiction. Here are several strategies you can implement while explaining your addition to loved ones:

If you don’t feel prepared to deliver the news, speak with an addiction professional first.  These individuals are educated and experienced in all matters addiction, and they will be able to give you advice on how to discuss the topic with family and friends.

Develop a plan of action prior to speaking with loved ones. Whether your recovery includes rehab, detox, in-patient or out-patient, it is important to show loved ones you have a plan for recovery.

Share what types of situations, actions, attitudes, and conditions trigger your addiction. This will help prevent them from becoming enablers or individuals who facilitate your addiction.

Acknowledge and apologize for anything you have done which has affected the quality of life for your loved ones. Addiction affects everyone in the addict’s environment.

Understand that your addiction has affected the emotional, physical or spiritual well-being of those closest to you.

Be honest.  Sugar-coating your addiction or downplaying how much it is disrupting your life will not paint an honest picture of what is really going on.

If you are still currently abusing drugs or alcohol, admit it.

If you can’t handle situations in which alcohol is present such as going out with friends on the weekends, tell them.

Being honest is the key to enabling your friends and family help you get on the path to recovery.

Other things to consider

In addition to being honest and informing friends and family, be aware there are services such as Intensive outpatient programs (IOP). This type of program will allow you to continue working and taking care of your family obligations while getting professional treatment around your schedule. When you enroll in an IOP, your recovery will be managed by a staff of trained professionals who possess the experience and education necessary to recover from addiction and prevent relapse.


If you are currently struggling with addiction in secrecy, be aware that informing your family and friends that you have a problem is a significant step in the right direction.  When you explain your addiction honestly, you empower others to provide you with the emotional support needed to help you remain on the path to permanent recovery.

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Is an Intensive outpatient program (IOP) the right choice for you?

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If you or a family member are struggling with a substance or eating disorder, you may be looking into treatment options. Have you considered an intensive outpatient program (IOP)?  An IOP is unique because it allows the patient to receive intensive therapy leading towards recovery all while living at home.

IOP patients do not live on-site.  Despite this, an IOP can provide treatment which is as intense and thorough as inpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment may be ideal for many but may not be the best choice for everyone.

Let’s take a look at how an Intensive outpatient program works.

Genpsych’s IOP program offers our clients flexibility in scheduling, along with both day and evening sessions.  IOP programs meet a few times every week.

Our IOP program will provide you with a customized treatment plan which will fit your unique needs. The method will include a combination of individual therapy, educational workshops and group counseling. During both the individual and group meetings, clients will work on their coping skills, learn how to manage cravings and be taught stress-reduction techniques.

The benefits of an Intensive outpatient program

There are many great reasons that people choose to address their addictions through an IOP. One of the biggest reasons is the flexibility, this form of treatment allows you to fit therapy sessions into your existing schedule.  Our program will enable you to continue your usual routine of family and work all while receiving intense treatment.

An IOP also allows your family and friends to join you in family counseling sessions.  These sessions teach you how to communicate with your loved ones and help them understand how they can support you during your trip to recovery.

Deciding to use an Intensive outpatient program

An IOP offers many great treatment benefits but still may not be the right form of treatment for everyone. An IOP will be most useful if at least one of the below criteria apply to you:

You are transitioning out of a residential addiction treatment program.

You have not made progress in your recovery in a traditional outpatient program.

You have work for family obligations which make it hard for you to be away from home for weeks or months at a time.

Intensive outpatient program

In an IOP program, mental health issues are often treated alongside addiction treatment.  Managing both at the same time is very important for clients who are struggling with psychological and substance abuse. Not everyone with co-occurring disorders is a good candidate for an intensive outpatient program.  For instance, if you have medical issues which must be addressed prior to beginning addiction treatment.

Addiction is a very complicated disorder. The causes, reasons, triggers vary significantly in each case. It also varies greatly in severity; no two cases are exactly alike. It is essential that you choose a treatment program to meet your individual needs.  For many clients, an IOP is precisely the right path, providing them with intense treatment in a flexible outpatient program. An IOP allows people to rebuild the lives, work on their recovery and coping skills all while living at home and fulfilling their obligations to their loved ones. 

If you think an IOP may be the right choice for you, please contact Genpsych today at

855-436-7792 to find out more.

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Detoxing from painkillers

Detoxing from Painkillers

Getting off of painkillers is a major step to having a sober life, but this important first step can be difficult. Like all detox, it is a process. Here is some info to help you prepare for withdrawal and hopefully help you end your painkiller addiction.

The initial Signs of Withdrawal

Your body begins adjusting to the absence of the drugs in your system, and this can be quite uncomfortable. Some of the most common symptoms include:

● Anxiety

● Irritability

● Sweating

● Muscle and joint aches

● Insomnia

● Yawning

Secondary withdrawal symptoms

As you get further along into withdrawal, symptoms could increase. Examples of late-onset painkiller withdrawal can include:

● Vomiting

● Abdominal cramping

● Dilated pupils

● Diarrhea

● Nausea

● Shaking and tremors

● Increased respirations

It is very important to keep in mind that you will likely crave painkillers during the withdrawal process and may consider seeking them out.  Your body may feel as though you need them to stop the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.

Have a support network for help

While going through withdrawal, it is important to have friends and family available to support you when you experience withdrawal symptoms. It is very important to understand even though you may feel sick and very uncomfortable, these withdrawal symptoms will not put you in medical danger. Friends and family can stay with you and and provide comfort, and they can help you keep up your strength with proper food and drink. While there is a lot your support group can do to help you through this process, you may be much better off seeking substance abuse treatment.


The process of detoxing from painkillers.

No matter how strong you feel you are, and think you can get through this all on your own, there is nothing wrong with getting professional help. Professional help will bring better results and help you stay off painkillers. To make withdrawal more comfortable, we recommend you consider our painkiller detox. Our detox program is designed to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and make it less painful and uncomfortable to recover. Professional providers use Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to ease the transition off of opioids. The use of MAT medications help prevent relapsing by reducing cravings and lessening the severity of symptoms. There are a number of other alternatives and medications that can make withdrawal easier.

Once you have completed detox, continued professional help will make the next step in your journey to recovery much easier. Although opioids may now be out of your system, it is still crucial to seek out an experienced, licensed professional who can address the addiction and help you re-learn to live in recovery. Attending the right treatment program will help you understand your addiction, learn skills for overcoming addictive behaviors, and give you strategies on how you can continue to recover.

Nobody should go through recovery alone. The experienced professionals at GenPsych are here to help you get off Painkillers permanently.