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How Do I Tell My Family I Overdosed?

How Do I Tell My Family I Overdosed?Addiction is a frightening disease that causes deep changes in the way a person thinks, feels and acts. These changes are often unnoticed by the addict until the disease is well established, but friends and family members often suspect there is a problem long before the addict knows. It is often extremely difficult, if not impossible, for addicts to admit to themselves – let alone their families – that they have a problem until it is painfully obvious. Once they hit bottom, such as experiencing an overdose, they may still struggle with a range of emotions and justifications that prevent them from admitting that they have a problem and need help. The justifications may involve the following:

  • I don’t want to disappoint my parents
  • I don’t want to give my sibling the satisfaction of seeing me fail
  • I don’t want my little brother or sister to stop looking up to me
  • I don’t want to worry my parents, so I’ll wait until I’m over this to let them know

If you have recently overdosed you need help. Admitting that, and accepting the help that so many people are eager to give you is your first step toward healing.

The Power and Danger of Psychological Addiction

Addiction rewires the brain of addicts. The same part of the brain that is most affected by the high of alcohol and drug abuse is also responsible for the following psychological functions:

  • Impulse control
  • Managing emotions
  • Forming and recalling memories
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Forming habits and reinforcing behaviors

The brain will use all of these elements to keep you addicted, even if you desperately want to quit. These emotional responses operate on a much deeper and more powerful level than rational thought. When you consider getting clean, your addiction may lead to the following:

  • Denial that you have a problem
  • Justification of substance abuse
  • Overconfidence in your ability to quit when you choose to
  • Procrastination
  • Blaming others
  • Avoiding people, places and circumstances that make you feel guilty

The best thing that can happen to an addict in this situation is for him to have a moment of clarity before it is too late. Those who take advantage of those moments and seek out the help they need before they can talk themselves out of it can find lasting healing.

Help for Families Struggling with Addiction and Overdose

If you have recently overdosed and you’re nervous about telling your family about it, please call our 24hour, toll-free helpline today. Our addiction counselors are well versed in helping people just like you sort through the mess that you are in. We can answer any questions you may have about addiction and treatment as well as help you develop a plan for communicating with your family about your disease.
Researching your disease online is a great start, but there is a live human being waiting to talk to you right now. If this is your moment of clarity don’t let it pass you by. The call is confidential and free. Pick up the phone and let us help you start on the road to freedom from addiction.

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