Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Help with heroin addiction
    momuv4girls posted:
    My Nephew is 28 years old and a heroin addict. My sister just recently found this out.

    My Nephew lives with his girlfriend who is aware of his addiction, but is young and doesn't understand the complications and danger. She is not a user.

    My sister and I have researched his insurance and there is an inpatient treatment center about 200-miles from where we live that would be covered 100% by his insurance.

    I was wondering about ideas, tips and persuasive ways to help get him to agree to go to rehab.

    He does want to get/feel better and went to a local Dr. who prescribed him some pills to take, but after 1-dose, gave up.

    Of course my sister and I are worried sick about him, and are not sure how far to take the situation in order to get him treatment.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Betty Ford Center
    Harry L Haroutunian, MD responded:
    This sounds like a situation that would best be addressed by a Certified Interventionist, someone who could deal with the family first. The interventionist can help family members address the consequences of your nephew's addiction, share their knowledge of previous cases, discuss treatment opportunities and then plan a formal intervention to confront your nephew with the unmanageability of his life and the need for treatment.

    Most importantly, treatment would start with formal, medically supervised detoxification. Having this done on an outpatient basis is not nearly enough; I would suggest specific chemical dependency treatment and monitoring to give your nephew the best chance of long term survival from this chronic disease. Treatment does work.
    momuv4girls replied to Harry L Haroutunian, MD's response:
    Thank you so much for taking time to respond !!

    I had no idea there are Certified Interventionists, I will let my sister know, and we will find one.

    I appreciate your help and information.

    mayas_momma replied to momuv4girls's response:
    I am a former heroin addict, and trust me, an addict will ONLY stop using when he/she is ready to. No one can convince them. They may go to rehab (I went 4 times before I quit). And his girlfriend may not use yet, but trust me, she will. That's how I was introduced to drugs (through my ex who used for several years while we were together before I started using with him). This is a very complex situation, and it hurts loved ones around the addict. However, there's not much you can do except offer support and resources when HE is ready. Until then, I'm sorry to say, there's a very good chance he will go through the motions, go to meetings even, he may even lie and act like he's clean, until HE makes the choice that enough is enough. Interventions can help because "outting" an addict as an addict, showing him that it won't be ignored anymore, can be a great motivator to get clean and that method does work for some addicts. Still, the choice has to be HIS because forcing it will, like I said, cause him to go through the motions but ultimately he will relapse until HE decides enough is enough.
    momuv4girls replied to mayas_momma's response:
    Thank you for posting, I appreciate words from someone who has lived through an addiction.

    I think that is a very valid point about "outting" him through an intervention - and like you said, showing him his addiction will not be ignored anymore.
    This is something to seriously think about.

    Thank you again for your post!!

    I wish you all the best!

    Featuring Experts from Betty Ford Center

    Harry L. Haroutunian, MD., is an internationally known speaker on the topics of Addictive Disease and its treatment. He is Board Certified in Family M...More

    Helpful Tips

    The Sensible Methadone Taper... (Withdrawals, how to get / wean off)
    I was on Methadone for 5 years. I've been as high as 100mg/day. For the first 2 years I was using 3.5grams of high grade heroin on top. ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.