At Center on Addiction, I have worked with hundreds of families that have struggled with substance use disorder. Too often, they are told to kick their loved one out of the house and let them hit "rock bottom”. They have carried the weight on their shoulders of their loved ones’ addiction. They have been ashamed, remained silent, and at the same time, tried to save their child.
TEENS AND FAMILIES
Inspired by our early research into the factors that help prevent teens from using substances, we created Family Day in 2001. Our goal at the time: to encourage families to eat dinner together more often. Over the years, we’ve continued to study how families can build strong, healthy relationships that prevent future substance use. Now, Family Day has evolved to recognize all the simple, little things parents and caregivers do with their kids that make a big difference.
People treated my son’s death from an overdose differently. I put together a list of things I believe are helpful — and not helpful — to those like me, in the hopes that people can better understand where I’m coming from.
We have partnered with Chris Herren and the Herren Talks on the new film, The First Day. Presented by Center on Addiction and Cigna, the film takes an innovative approach to addressing teen substance use, while helping refocus the conversation around addiction from the last day to the first. In addition to speaking directly to teens, the film empowers parents, educators and community members to share information, provide support and identify resources to foster healthy life decisions.
Parents of adolescents can play a valuable role in protecting their teens from substance use, a new national survey by Center on Addiction finds.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or other caregiver — these resources can provide valuable help and support to you or anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of a young person struggling with substance use and addiction .
For many parents, regularly talking to their children about addictive substances can be challenging. With this in mind, we asked our readers, “How often do you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol?”
While nearly one-third of respondents said they talk to their kids about this important topic every week, the most common response was never, which received 40 percent of the votes.
Over the past decade, the number of children who have had gotten sick from touching or eating poisonous, addictive substances has gone up. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to stop these incidents from ever taking place. It is never too early for parents to begin protecting their children from the potentially life-threatening harms of addiction and addictive substances.
In addition to making the headlines of major newspapers from across the country, addiction is also gaining traction on the silver screen. This season, many of our favorite TV shows are addressing substance use disorders and risky drinking or drug use. However, they often sacrifice precision for plot points. Here, we’ve provided some suggested reading to accompany This Is Us, Grown-ish and 13 Reasons Why -- three of television’s most talked about shows -- to help set the record straight.
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