Why Can’t My Child Just Stop Using Heroin?

“Why can’t my child just stop using drugs?”

Many parents ask themselves this question. But as more and more scientific studies are confirming, the drugs that your son or daughter is using are actually creating changes in his or her brain. So, in a way, your child is not the same person he or she was before using opioids.

Watch experts Adam Bisaga, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Alicia Murray, DO, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, discuss the changes that occur in the brain when heroin, prescription pain pills or other opioids are used, and how they can make your child think only about the drug:

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    marie t caballero

    October 17, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    My grandson us addicted to heroin. He had a ebt card for food stamps but gives them to his babies mom, then he calls me and wants me to order him sub sandwiches.. I have decided to stop buying him sandwiches..am I doing the right thing?
    He is also homeless now. He’s mom is sick and tired of him and I am heartbroken

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      October 18, 2017 at 3:12 PM

      Hi Marie,
      I can only imagine how heartbroken you are over this situation. I can see where your grandson wants to make sure his children are fed and then turns to you for support.

      Many parents and grandparents buy food just as a way to keep the lines of communication open. Sometimes the kindness of a sandwich is the link that will encourage a person to get some help. After all, he is unwell and likely needs support and assistance to find his way into treatment.

      Generally the recommendation is not to give money that can be used to buy heroin, but rather to buy some food, but with a plan to help him get into treatment. Has he tried anticraving medications as described above? For many people, it’s a lifesaver.

      If you need help developing a plan, please call our helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE.
      Wishing you and your grandson the best,

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