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.

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Suggesting Treatment

It can be difficult to persuade a loved one to consider treatment. Even when they are willing to consider it, it’s not uncommon for them to still feel unsure or say no. If your loved one expresses even a little willingness to start getting help — whether it’s attending a support group meeting, or getting a treatment consultation — it can be all the invitation you need to begin the conversation.

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Differential Diagnosis

Are your loved one’s concerning thoughts, emotions and behaviors the result of a mental health disorder or a substance use disorder Determining differential diagnosis is important because treatment for a mental health disorder can be very different from treatment for a substance use disorder.

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Helping with Co-occurring Disorders

Support can include recognizing that there is a problem; motivating them to get help; navigating the treatment system; and helping them sustain progress in recovery. It can be a significant emotional time and financial commitment, but research shows that family involvement improves outcomes.

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Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) help treat opioid use disorder by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings and helping to prevent relapse. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, it is considered the gold standard of care.

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Sinclair Method: Using Medication to Reduce Alcohol Use

A form of treatment for alcohol use disorder that focuses on reducing use rather than complete abstinence, the Sinclair method may be an option to consider if your loved one is struggling with alcohol use.

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Exploring Psilocybin: From Recreational Use to Therapeutic Potential

Over the past ten years or more this mind-altering compound has been receiving a lot of attention for its potential to treat mental health and substance use disorders.

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