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When is it time to get help?

Recognizing and understanding the problem, and helping a loved one reach the point of being willing and ready to engage in treatment and recovery, is an important milestone.

Finding treatment

There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Getting the right treatment for your child is a process, and navigating the current system requires determination and careful review.

Treating opioid addiction

Opioids, which include heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain medications, carry strong risks of dependency, addiction and overdose. Even when use becomes harmful, it’s difficult for the person using opioids to stop without help.

Medication as a Treatment Option

The use of medicine like Vivitrol, Suboxone or methadone is an evidence-based approach to overcoming addiction and maintaining long-term recovery.

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How to Use Naloxone to Stop Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

In the event of an opioid overdose (including heroin and prescribed pain medications), naloxone can reverse an overdose and save a life.

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Relapse: What You Can Do as A Parent

Opioids (prescription pain medications and heroin) pose a high risk of overdose, for both those in active use and in recovery.

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Parenting toward recovery

Discover tools to better understand your child’s reasons for using substances, ways to improve communication and to reward non-using behaviors while discouraging substance use.

Recursos en Español

Usted no está solo! Muchas familias están pasando por lo mismo que usted está pasando, enfrentándose al uso de drogas o alcohol de su hijo o hija, y estamos aquí para ayudarle.

Libro Electrónico Sobre la Intervención

Respuestas a las preguntas más importantes sobre enfrentando a su hijo si esta usando sustancias o alcohol.

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Libro Electrónico Sobre Tratamiento

Aprenda sobre tratamiento, como ayudar a su hijo comenzar tratamiento y que usted puede hacer para ayudar a su familia sobrellevar la situación.

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Como Responder Con Naloxona

En el caso de los opioides, que incluyen heroína y Vicodin y OxyContin, la naloxona puede revertir una sobredosis.

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Managing Recovery

Addiction can be a lifelong, relapsing disease that requires ongoing management. The initial completion of treatment is just the beginning of what may be a longer road to recovery.

Latest Resources


What is Medical Marijuana (Cannabis)?

You’ve likely heard that medical marijuana (cannabis) is being used more and more frequently to treat mental and physical health problems. As its popularity has grown, so has interest in its potential benefits. But with all the noise surrounding medical marijuana, it can be hard to know what it can actually do.

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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition marked by extreme mood swings. Integrated treatment addressing both bipolar and substance use is key to helping loved one cope with the challenges of these disorders.

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Panic Attacks and Substance Use

The link between panic attacks and substance use is complex and often co-occur as part of other mental health conditions. By providing consistent support and encouragement, you can play a vital role in your loved one's journey toward recovery.

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Trauma and Addiction

Imagine a storm raging inside your loved one’s mind, tearing at the very fabric of who they are. That’s what trauma feels like – a powerful wind that can leave a person feeling broken and lost. When someone is hurting like that, it’s not uncommon to turn to anything that can make the pain go away, even for just a little while. That’s where substances come in.

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Bernese Method: Reducing Withdrawal Symptoms

Developed in Switzerland, the Bernese Method allows your loved one to continue using their opioid of choice at first, while adding in small, increasing doses of buprenorphine at the same time. This gradual approach has led to promising results, as patients report the process to be more manageable and less overwhelming.

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Harm Reduction Strategies for Opioid Use

Opioids have been involved in most overdoses in the U.S. over the past several years. These include heroin, morphine, prescription opioids and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. While you may wish that your loved one not use opioids at all, if they do, here are some harm reduction strategies for opioid use that you can share with them to reduce their risk of illness and death.

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