"I think a lot of family members believe that if they put the patient in treatment, the patient is going to get well and that's all that needs to be done," says Hoff. "What we have found is that we have to help the family, empower the family to get well right along with the patient...In cases that I've seen a patient fail in treatment, usually it's because the family doesn't get involved, or the family doesn't want to take a look at their own issues they might have."
And while the uphill battle of recovery can be daunting, experts agree that parents need to face reality and get their child help if they want them to have any chance of beating the addiction.
"My advice for families who think that they might have a loved one that is having difficulty or is addicted to a substance is to get help as soon as possible," says Hoff. "The family often is in just as much denial as the patient is...and if the family doesn't get well the drug addict doesn't have any motivation to get well. "
Information on Caron Treatment Centers: http://www.caron.org/
Information on Caron Renaissance: http://www.caronrenaissance.org/
Partnership for a Drug Free America: http://www.drugfree.org/
Facts and Statistics on Heroin Use from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/heroin.htm
Information on Heroin from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): http://drugabuse.gov/nidahome.html
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD): http://www.ncadd.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.na.org/