The Substance Abuse Hotline (through SAMHSA) provides resources for people with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The number is 1-800-662-4357. The website is: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
“Synthetics: The New Drug War” is an informative article that details the history of drugs and increased violence in the Washington D.C. area. https://data.nbcstations.com/national/DC/synthetic-drugs/
Keep Kids Drug Free Foundation has resources for parents, educators, communities, and others. Please utilize their site. http://www.kkdf.org/index.cfm
“Love In The Trenches” offers information, support, and resources for parents. At the present time, they are also offering support groups via zoom meetings. https://www.loveinthetrenches.org/
“If your teenager was addicted to opioids, would you know? It’s harder than you think,” is an article by Dr. Bonnie Milas in the May 18, 2021 issue of USA Today. After the deaths of her sons due to overdosing on opioids, Dr. Miles discusses signs that parents need to watch for. For example, subtle changes may be finding pills on the bathroom floor, or money may be missing. Unusual habits may be noticeable, such as falling asleep while eating. The child may show signs of being constipated. To be aware of all of the signs to look for, read the entire article: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/drugs-abuse-tests/drugs-abuse-home-use-test
The article, “Drugs of Abuse Home Use Test” provides information about tests to determine the presence of opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and more. The article provides helpful information for parents about the accuracy of home test kits and how to use the tests for the best results. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/drugs-abuse-tests/drugs-abuse-home-use-testUnu
Watch Anderson Cooper’s interview with a mother whose son battled a heroin addiction for many years. https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/26/business/johnson-and-johnson-opioid-settlement/index.html
Community in Crisis offers information about vaping, resources, and the dangers of marijuana for teenagers. https://communityincrisis.org/
“Teens more likely than young adults to develop addiction to marijuana, prescription drugs withing 12 months, study says.” The article is in the April 1, 2021 edition of USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/04/01/marijuana-study-teens-more-likely-get-addicted-than-young-adults/7049563002/
211 is a national number that provides resources in communities. For more information, go to: https://www.helplinecenter.org/2-1-1-community-resources/what-is-211/
If you need help with learning the best ways to parent your children (and who doesn’t?) “Choosing a Parenting Program” provides information for all types of programs that are available. The article can be found on: https://childmind.org/article/choosing-a-parent-training-program/
Research has determined that there is a correlation between addiction and low self-esteem. There are books available that will help your child build self-esteem. Two that I came across are both written by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW. They are “The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens” and “Self-Esteem for Teens.”
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“Hold On to Your Kids” is a a book for parents on how to deal with peer pressure and provides tools for parents to use. The authors are Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. and Gabor Mate, M.D.
Current information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides resources for parents and teenagers, prevention strategies, ways to talk to your children about drugs and alcohol, and many other resources. Their website is: https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources
For information on the connection between bullying and substance abuse, visit the following websites: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-02-17/child-bullies-at-higher-odds-for-substance-abuse-as-adults-study and https://www.stopbullying.gov/resources/facts#_Fast_Facts
The Addiction Education Society provides resources and information for parents, educators, and teens. http://addictioneducationsociety.org/
Support groups are essential for families who are battling addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer support programs for the addict and family. The Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center is offering (free) virtual family support groups. For more information, visit their website: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/treatment/family-children/family-program
Underage drinking is a problem across the United States. For information about peer pressure and resources, visit: https://www.talkitoutnc.org/underage-drinking-facts/
Ways to keep communication open with your teenager can be found at: https://childmind.org/article/tips-communicating-with-teen/
I came across a story in People Magazine about two mothers who lost sons to drugs. They are dedicating their lives to help prevent the tragedies that they have gone through. You can follow them on Facebook and perhaps help them with their effort. Their FB is “Our2Sons.” Their story can be found on People with this link: https://people.com/human-interest/two-fla-moms-are-helping-fight-the-rise-in-opioid-deaths-were-facing-a-disaster/
“Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know.” https://childmind.org/article/teen-vaping-what-you-need-to-know/
Therapy and counseling programs are often unavailable due to financial issues or lack of health insurance. However, there are community mental health centers that offer mental health services to most residents. Another resource that is available in many areas is 211, a help line that provides information about resources that are available.
The Addiction Education Society provides resources for parents that include talking to your child about drugs, signs and symptoms of drug use, recovery, and other information to help parents in the fight against drugs. addictioneducationsociety,org
The DEA 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resources Guide provides information to educate parents on drugs. https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2020/04/14/dea-releases-2020-drugs-abuse-resource-guide
Family Resource Center provides information about drugs, recovery, family support and other valuable information for parents and teens. familyresourcectr.org
Substance Abuse Service Hotline with Shatterproof offers 24 hour help. Their number is: 1-844-804-7500. And for a lot of helpful information, Shatterproof’s site is https://www.shatterproof.org/
Retention Toolkit provides resources for helping your family member be successful in recovery. https://adai.uw.edu/retentiontoolkit/index.htm
To read about the the dangers of children having access to Benadryl, click on this link:https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-warns-about-serious-problems-high-doses-allergy-medicine-diphenhydramine-benadryl
It is important for parents to be aware of the dangers of vaping for their children. Click on this link for information that will help you prevent your child from vaping: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html is a website that provides information for parents about the dangers of vaping.
Phases of Drug Use from Experimentation to a Substance Use Disorder. Read about the phases for early intervention for your child. https://www.hcrcenters.com/blog/phases-of-drug-use-from-experimentation-to-a-substance-use-disorder/
For information about treatment programs, click on this link: https://drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Treatment-ebook.pdf
To read about the dangers of vaping, statistics and teen use, click on this link: https://www.singlecare.com/blog/news/vaping-statistics/
Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism in Children. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2020/08/10/marijuana-use-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-in-children-study/#39ce6727195a
I came across this site that has a lot of useful information for parents. Please check it out. https://www.shatterproof.org/
Regardless of what state you live in, there is a great deal of help out there for your loved one who is involved with drugs. While I will do my best to list as many resources as I can, please feel free to send an email with any that you have and I’ll post them. Being informed is the best way to help your loved one.
“More than 35 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder in counties and other areas within the state.” (Reports of increases in opioid-related overdoses and other concerns during COVID pandemic. 7/20/2020.). https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2020-07/issue-brief-increases-in-opioid-related-overdose.pdf
Resource for parents on the dangers of teen drug use. https://childmind.org/topics/concerns/drugs-and-alcohol/
D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistence Education, provides resources for parents and educators. Since the early 1980s, D.A.R.E. has educted millions of students in schools throughout the United States. https://dare.org/resource-guides/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsO_4BRBBEiwAyagRTf_dMR5eRIiisrpiVpA2NlQRWIv2F40BRb4nsVi2SDvimrik6rgreBoCYgQQAvD_BwE
“The Truth About Drugs is a series of fourteen illustrated drug information pamphlets containing facts about the most commonly used drugs.” The site, Drug Free World, offers online classes, pamphlets, support groups, and other resources for both parents and their children. The pamphlets, courses, and other resources are free. Visit: drugfreeworld.org
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers resources and educational materials for parents to help them keep their children free of drugs. https://drugfree.org/thank-you/?fileURL=https%3A%2F%2Fdrugfree.org%2Fdownload%2Ftreatment-ebook%2F
Substance Abuse Resources for Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults. https://www.adolescenthealth.org/Resources/Clinical-Care-Resources/Substance-Use/Substance-Use-Resources-For-Parents-of-Adolesc.aspx
If you would like to learn more about resources for opioid addiction, click on the link for an article on ABC news. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/resources-heroin-opioid-addiction-treatment-support/story?id=37352500
For information about home testing for substance abuse, go to: verywellmind.com
The American Lung association provides information on the dangers of vaping, a popular trend among young people. lung.org.
Brain Development, Teen Behavior, and Preventing Drug Use https://drugfree.org/article/brain-development-teen-behavior/
The DEA/Drug Enforcement Administration provides a resource guide to explain the various drugs, street names, and signs of use. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/drug_of_abuse.pdf
parentactiondrugs.org offers information on how parents can teach their children about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. They have tons of information for all age levels.
Reasons for loved ones of addicts to join a support group. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-03-27/why-loved-ones-of-opioid-addicts-should-join-a-support-group
Six Tips For Finding A Good Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-09-07/6-tips-for-finding-a-good-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-center
Statistics on Marijuana Use (and other helpful information for parents). https://www.verywellmind.com/marijuana-use-by-teens-statistics-2610207
Click on the link for the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) website for information about the effects of marijuana. https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/health-effects.html
Do you have questions about when it is the right time to talk to your children about drugs? This site guides you for every age. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/talk-about-drugs.html
For the history of the 12-Step program, click on this link. https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/historical-data-the-birth-of-aa-and-its-growth-in-the-uscanada
Narcotics Anonymous: na.org Nar-Anon provides family groups: http://www.nar-anon.org
Most states have an Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse. It is designed to have an individual who has a substance abuse problem court ordered into rehab. The basic conditions (may vary by state) is that it has to be proven that the individual who has a substance abuse problem has harmed himself or others, or is capable of doing so. You can find out which laws are in place in your state.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Provides a list of treatment centers and other resources in the U.S. National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 https://www.samhsa.gov/find-treatment
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/opioids-facts-parents-need-to-know/more-faqs-about-opioids
Fast facts on the opioid crisis in America. https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/health/opioid-crisis-fast-facts/index.html