How Can I Keep My Younger Son Safe From My Older Son’s Substance Use?
Younger siblings can suffer when there is substance use in the family. It’s important to consider a plan for all children in the family.
We work with a special group of moms and dads – Parent Coaches – who, just like you, have been affected by a child’s substance use. They are volunteers who receive special training from the Partnership and our clinical partner in order to help other families through similar struggles. In these blog posts, they answer parents’ most frequent questions.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, provides a searchable database of treatment providers covering the nation. In order to use the database, it’s helpful to have already decided on what type of treatment you’re looking for, such as an intensive outpatient program or residential care. Read more on understanding the treatment options >>
This four minute tutorial on how to use the search tools is well worth your time if you haven’t used this resource before.
In pull-down menus, you will find whether the provider focuses on mental health, substance use or both, the type of care provided, outpatient or inpatient settings, payment accepted, languages spoken, ages served, gender and smoking policy.
Once you have a list of treatment providers, it is important to call them and ask more questions to see if they meet your needs. For example, you may be looking for a 30 to 90-day residential treatment program while the residential program listed in your search only offers 14 days of programming. You may need a program that also deals with trauma, self-harm behaviors, gambling, eating disorders, etc., so it’s important to ask if other issues are addressed as a track, a separate program or folded into the core curriculum. Some treatment facilities include the family in treatment, which usually results in better outcomes, while others don’t.
While the facilities may state that they take private insurance, you’ll need to verify that your insurance company will authorize use of your benefits for the services you have selected. For example, you may have found a residential facility that takes your insurance, but your insurance company can either agree to pay for services or recommend a different level of care, even though your policy includes a residential benefit. It is also important to find out what your deductible is and co-pay for that facility.
You may find working with a certified addictions professional helpful to sort through the treatment options to determine the best program to consider given your treatment needs and finances.
Use this guide to help walk you through the treatment system, so that you can ensure the best help for your child.