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What’s it like being the parent of an addict? I’m not talking about the day-to-day experience with a crisis and drama around every corner. I

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We’re thrilled to share the following video featuring Dr. John Sharp, a renowned psychiatrist, bestselling author and faculty member at both the Harvard Medical School

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Like so many, my family has been touched by addiction. Our heads constantly spun for years as we tried to find the way to fix

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Earlier this month a few of us attended a Lunch ‘n’ Learn event at CASAColumbia with Maia Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist who covers health, science

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As a little girl, Mom and Dad promised I could be anything I wanted — police officer, teacher, journalist — and that no matter what,

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My son Alex shoplifted to support his addiction. Needless to say he got caught several times. The first few times, when he was a minor,

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My son stopped using over two years ago. For seven years he was addicted to drugs and, by the end, was a heroin addict. Today he is drug free and working to put his life back together. These are just some realizations that seem to help me.

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As a parent in recovery, I look at my children’s faces every day and I wonder and worry. I wonder, with everything I know and

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Not that you are to blame, but there are certain ways to handle relapses so that this does not happen. While we as parents are not to blame when the sort of situation described above occurs, I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to learn ways to prevent it and even to use relapse as an opportunity to further strengthen our child’s recovery.

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What kind of training has the staff had regarding adolescent addiction?
When my son was in a sober high school, the principal was a kind and knowledgeable educator, but he did not have a background in adolescent addiction and was easily manipulated into thinking the kids would voluntarily admit if they or fellow students were using. That didn’t happen. Like teenagers everywhere, not to mention teenage addicts, the kids lied about their own use and covered up for their friends. Staff needs to be educated and trained in adolescent addiction.

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