Battling addiction a matter of faith

first_imgDrugs don’t just affect the addict. They also hurt loved ones, says Forrest Sippey, a drug and alcohol counselor.“Everyone in the family plays a part in addiction,” he said.With more than 10 years of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor, the co-owner of Battle Ground-based Helping Professionals Wellness Center has seen it all.Heroin addiction is the worst, he said, because of the hold it takes on people.By the time addicts reach him, they’re in the throes of addiction and have typically extinguished every resource they once had with their families.When Sippey enters the picture, the psychological and physiological changes affecting their bodies are severe. For many, this leads to what’s known as dope sickness — when someone physically gets ill, like bad flu symptoms, while coming down from a heroin high.People can successfully overcome their addiction, he said, but only with a regimented routine, which includes counseling.For some, that could mean using replacement drug therapy, such as methadone — a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of opiates — or Suboxone, which quells both the dope sickness and urges to continue using.But the most important thing is for addicts to want recovery, he said. To reach that point, they usually need to be at, or near, rock bottom.last_img