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Opiate addiction effects more than just the person struggling with the addiction. The loved ones around an addict may be devastated, angry, confused or feel helpless. It is important that you are caring for yourself as you deal with this crisis in your family. Some family members may choose not to get involved at all, others may try to take control of the situation, still others may feel stuck picking up the pieces. There is not one way to handle these situations that works for everyone, but it is very important that you have the information and support you need to best help yourself, your family and your loved one struggling with addiction.


If you have a loved one who is addicted to opiates, you are probably experiencing fear, anger, stress, confusion, and helplessness. You cannot care for others adequately if you do not first take care of yourself. You may want to consider going to a private counselor or joining a support group for loved ones of addicts. These resources may help:
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Stay Informed

If your loved one is addicted to opiates, you may not understand why or how this could have happened. You also may not understand how they are affected physiologically or psychologically by their addiction. Knowing matters. You can’t help if you don’t understand. Although it may be difficult, start by educating yourself as much as you can so you can offer real compassion, understanding, and direction to your loved one. Start by reading our blog full of articles on opiate addiction and treatment: (Link to Blog/education page)
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Talk to Your Loved One

Have helpful resources ready and help your loved one come up with a recovery plan that they can follow through on. Be understanding. Choosing to begin treatment can be frightening for many reasons. Your loved one may be dealing with shame and stigma. Ask questions and really listen. Be ready to offer real solutions. Consider setting up a family counseling session. Patients at Norton Health Care can request a family counseling session in our office. Contact Us for more information.

Norton Health Care’s Unique Model for Comprehensive Opiate Addiction Treatment

From your first call to our office and throughout your recovery, we are here to support you. Recovering from opiate addiction requires complete care and a personalized plan for transforming your life. At Norton Health Care, we take a holistic approach to opiate addiction treatment and offer a variety of services.

On your first visit, one of our experienced doctors specializing in addiction treatment will do a full medical assessment and get to know you and your situation. They will help you create an individualized treatment plan including medication, therapy, support, and life goals to guide to real and lasting recovery.

Norton Health Care is a licensed OBOT (Office-based Opioid Treatment) Center providing medication-based solutions for the treatment of heroin and pain medication addiction. We may prescribe Suboxone, Subutex, or Buprenorphine or other medications depending on your needs. The goal is to taper these medications over time, but we do not put a time limit on treatment.

At Norton Health Care, we understand that there are many factors that can contribute to addiction including life circumstances, events, or medical or mental health conditions. Our on-site Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists are available as-needed or by appointment to work with patients on a one-on-one basis. Our trained, para-professionals are also available over the phone to provide support and guidance.

Recovery often involves loved ones. Families may be devastated by addiction and family support is often vital to recovery. With patient consent, one of our addiction specialists can reach out to family members to assist them in understanding the nature of addiction and encourage their support their loved one in recovery.

Norton Health Care offers a unique service in which our physicians, therapists, and staff support patients who are currently taking Methadone enter into a Suboxone Recovery Plan

Every patient has unique needs and goals. We offer personalized Suboxone tapering plans to help patients gradually overcome their dependence on opioids.

We provide a number of additional medical services to patients in our offices including:

  • Complete Physical Examinations
  • Suboxone® and Vivitrol Injections
  • Infectious Disease Screenings
  • Treatment of Minor Medical Issues
  • Hormonal Assessments
  • Weight Loss Clinic
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