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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.

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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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Harm Reduction Strategies for Alcohol

Regular drinking can have serious health consequences, including the risk of several kinds of cancer. You may wish that your loved one not drink at all, but if they do use alcohol, occasionally or frequently, here are some strategies you can share with them to reduce the risks associated with use.

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Parenting an Adult Child

It can be hard to support and care for an adult child. There is no playbook. It can sometimes be more challenging if they are not living at home, especially when you receive that panicked phone call they need help. While there are no one-size-fits-all answers, we offer some suggestions of ways you can maintain positive relationships with your adult children.

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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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