How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Hydrocodone Abuse?

How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Hydrocodone Abuse?

Mothers are often typecast as worrying too much, but if the situation involves a potential addiction, they are better off erring on the side of intervention. This is equally true for adult children who may or may not live at home. Hydrocodone is a popular adult drug, and since it is a doctor prescribed medication, some people mistakenly think that recreational use is safe. In reality, hydrocodone, which is the active ingredient in popular painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, is derived from the same opium plants as heroin and morphine. The drug is an opiate, and if a son or daughter starts abusing hydrocodone, the consequences can be dire.

Painkiller Abuse Signs

There are several common signs of hydrocodone addiction, including the following:

  • Scheduling appointments with multiple doctors for no obvious reason
  • Increasing social withdrawal and desiring to spend time in isolated areas
  • Demonstrating outward signs, such as itching, bloodshot eyes, pale skin and dry throat
  • Having physical ailments, such as headaches, nausea, constipation and bloody stools

An opiate addiction can also motivate behaviors that impact families in negative ways, including the following:

  • Financial strains that lead to borrowing or stealing money
  • Emotional withdrawal that breaks apart family solidarity
  • Obsessive acts to procure more drugs at the risk of legal peril
  • Dramatic mood changes that result in abusive behavior

In addition to the emotional and financial burdens, accident risks increase for the spouse and children of a hydrocodone addict. If the addict still lives at home, these risks and burdens fall upon the parents and siblings.

Drug Treatment Options

If a child struggles with addiction, parents need to encourage professional help. Rehab facilities provide many services to treat hydrocodone addiction, including the following:

  • Medically supervised detox to wean the drug from the system
  • Evaluations and treatments for any concurrent mental health issues
  • Behavioral therapies to encourage more positive thoughts and emotions
  • Counseling to target drug use triggers, such as people, places and memories
  • Group therapy to verbalize the struggle and hear other perspectives
  • Optional holistic treatments to address ongoing pain problems

Addiction treatment can also include family counseling. Still, to get an adult child into treatment, mothers and family members must often press the issue.

Family Intervention Tips

When a substance abuse problem is evident, loved ones must often stage an intervention to encourage treatment. Ideally, a mother should utilize a professional interventionist, but there are several universal intervention tips, including the following:

  • Take time to learn about the child’s particular substance addiction.
  • Carefully select the location and the participants involved in the intervention.
  • Use an interventionist or someone the addict respects to oversee the event.
  • Remain calm and compassionate and avoid sounding judgmental.
  • Write down what will be said and rehearse saying it out loud.

If the adult child lives at home, the parent may want to recruit a family mediator to meet certain needs, including the following:

  • To serve as an independent voice if there is extreme personal conflict within the family
  • To address issues like physical or sexual abuse that possibly motivated the drug use
  • To establish specific boundaries that might result in expulsion from the home if violated

Whether addressing the problem through an intervention or mediation, a mother or loved one should be prepared with information and printed materials about treatment.

We Can Help

If you or your child struggles with hydrocodone addiction, let us help. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to discuss interventions, mediation and rehab options. We can also provide treatment brochures and check health insurance policies for benefits. Our helpline is toll-free, so please call now.