December’s Top 5 Posts: The Teen Vaping Trend, Parent Stories & Examining Substance Use in Light of #MeToo

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We strive to provide the best resources, information and answers for families struggling with substance use. Many of those resources are provided through our blogs – the Parent Blog for answers to your tough questions and perspective from families who have been there, the Partnership News Service for a curated digest of the drug-related news of the week, and our Newsroom for updates on how the Partnership is addressing the needs of families and their communities.

In case you missed it, the following were our most popular blog posts from December:

1. My Addicted Son is Caught in the Cycle of Patient Brokering
As a warning to others, Alice details how her 22-year-old son got caught up in the vicious cycle of detox, treatment and relapsing — all perpetuated by a terrible scheme called “patient brokering.”

2. The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know
Vaping or JUULing is often shrugged off as ‘safer than cigarettes.’ But with the most recent Monitoring the Future Study indicating that nearly one in three 12th graders has used a vaping device in the past year, it’s imperative that parents are informed of the potential dangers, and what they can do about it.

3. Can You Grieve Someone While They’re Still Alive?
Marie Welsh recounts the fears and feelings she experienced at the height of her son’s struggle with addiction. “There is no other word but grief when your child is lost in the haze of drug addiction. But your child is still there. There are paths to hope.”

4. I Support Other Parents With Their Child’s Addiction. Then My Own Son Needed Help.
For Robin S., one of our Parent Coaches, providing advice on addiction to others comes easy. But it was quite different when she had to confront her own desire to “save” her son from himself.

5. #MeToo: How the Pain and Shame of Sexual Abuse Can Lead to Substance Use
Countless young women who have experienced sexual abuse cope by using drugs and alcohol. In light of newfound attention on the issues of sexual harassment and abuse, Pat A., a Masters Addiction Counselor, underscores how important it is to address trauma and substance use simultaneously.

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