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What would you like to tell other parents struggling with their son or daughter’s SUD?
If you suspect a problem, there is a problem. Find evidence-based treatment as soon as you can. Beware of frauds. Anyone can hang a shingle and call themselves a treatment facility. Learn how you can be a compassionate and understanding resource for your child’s recovery. Make sure they know you are on their side and that you love them. Know that SUD is a family disease and be sure to get your own counseling. You can’t help them if you don’t take care of yourself. Don’t let shame, fear and anger interfere with your family’s recovery. SUD does not need to be a secret.
What would you like to tell those responsible for enforcing the Parity Act?
PUBLICIZE and EDUCATE about Parity. We need a rapid response mechanism for Parity violations so that SUD sufferers aren’t dead before their complaints are resolved. People need treatment at the time they ask for it, not obfuscation and bureaucratic barriers. Parity law should be like Narcan for insurance abuse – widely available and easily administered. Actually and actively enforce the law.