The effects of heroin spread beyond the user. Family members and people close to the person on the drug often need treatment as well.
“It can be up to years, sometimes, to heal from the consequences of living with a family member with an addiction," explains Teri Forst, a behavioral health clinician at the Bethel Family Clinic. Forst helps people recovering from addiction. She also helps people who’ve been affected along the way.
Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we talk with Forst about how to recognize addictive behaviors, how to set boundaries, and how to help both yourself and someone who might be using the drug.
Joan Dewey is also a behavioral health clinician at the Bethel Family Clinic. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation plans to open a residential heroin treatment center in November. They are currently creating a waiting list and prioritizing pregnant women.