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Unread 03-14-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
Joannmom
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Hello. I am the mom if a heroin addict. He is working but that's about all he does. He is on methadone in a client in but he is relapsing. Is there a rehab center that will allow him to work but still let him live there ? Also is there an intervention specialist who can talk to the family?
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Unread 03-14-2017, 03:27 PM   #2
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HI joannemom,

Welcome to the site, though under these conditions, I suppose it's not such a happy day,

Yet, it may well prove to be the happiest, luckiest thing that's ever happened to him---and to you. If your son is ready to get and stay clean and sober, and if he's finally ready to work harder at something that requires hard work to succeed, he may well be ready to turn his entire life around.

I know that you're BOTH in pain. We ALL know this. Like you, we've lived that life, Joanne---and it very nearly ended us.

First thing, we need to know more about your son...about you too.

There is help for you both...and your entire extended family. But first, talk with us.

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Unread 03-14-2017, 04:24 PM   #3
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Hi Joannmom, welcome. As Sam Bailey mentioned, can you tell us a little more about your son? Is HE willing to get help to stop his addiction? That's the biggest question. Did he go to the methadone clinic on his volition or was he forced to go for any reason? Is he seeking counseling - I would imagine there is some form of counseling at the clinic, but it doesn't seem to be helping.

As far as your specific questions, you'd have to look for resources in your area. In most states you can dial 211 which will connect you to someone who can help find resources. There's also the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (Federal Government website):
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help

Have you been to Alanon? It might be of good support to you so you can be with others who are in or have been in your situation. Here's a link to find a meeting near you.
http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

Most of all your son has to want help. If he lives with you, you can set boundaries and have consequences if those are broken - such as you can random drug test him for heroin whenever you choose to. You would have to make sure you stick to whatever consequences you set though.

I hope those links help. Let us know.

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Unread 03-16-2017, 04:43 PM   #4
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Here is more information about my son. He wentered to the methadone clinic voluntarily after he was caught smoking Heroin in a hospital after an operation (organ transplant) He is now on methadone for the last 8 months. He has relapsed several times.
He works and is not able to go to a rehab for fear of losing his job. He goes to work but sits in his room when not working
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Unread 03-17-2017, 07:28 AM   #5
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Hi Joannmom, is your son receiving any sort of counseling at the clinic? Do they know he is relapsing but do nothing to offer any help? Does the clinic offer buprenorphine? That may be a better option for him at this point than methadone.

If he is taking buprenorphine, it blocks the receptors from other opioids. This link explains how bupe works:
https://naabt.org/collateral/How_Bupe_Works.pdf

Actually, there's a lot of information on https://www.naabt.org
that might be helpful in seeing if switching to bupe would help more than being on methadone.

If the clinic doesn't offer it, does he have insurance that could help with a private bupe doctor?

But still, the biggest question remains, is HE willing and ready to do anything to stop misusing heroin?

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