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By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change We are all very aware of how emotionally draining it can be dealing

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By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change Collaboration matters a lot.  You may think we’re talking about collaboration with your child

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By Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Co-founder and Clinical Director at Center for Motivation & Change If you are a partner, parent or child of someone struggling with substance

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By Cindy Brody, Director of Intensive Services at Center for Motivation & Change Many parents who have a child struggling with substance abuse notice that these concerns

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Today’s Promise: I will not blame myself or anyone else. When I had cancer, I blamed no one and fought the cancer. My son is addicted and he must fight. There is no room for blame.

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“What signs should we look for and which ones did we miss?” We asked ourselves this very question the last time we met. As parents of loved ones with a drug or alcohol addiction, how many times did we blow right through the warning signs as if they weren’t even there? And, if there were parenting cops, how many charges would we be guilty of?

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My stepdaughter Katherine was living on the streets with her “meth family.” We were in a panic, wondering where she was, where she was sleeping, if she was eating, if she was alive — or if we were about to receive the dreaded call every parent fears.

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When you suspect your child is in trouble, one of the most difficult challenges is figuring out how to approach him or her. Beyond dealing with their particular substance abuse, the big question is how to get them engaged and encouraged to accept treatment.

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Sadly, they’re never going to be like other teenagers. They can’t have just one beer. The extra pocket money probably won’t go for snacks. They can’t hang with a party crowd and stay straight. Even when in recovery, the addiction shadow will always stalk them. And you.

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He last used thirty minutes ago. Morphine. He prefers not to mention his pharmaceutical source. He’s been using since maybe he was thirteen: LSD, marijuana. Lots of LSD. Heroin? Off and on since he was in his late twenties. He’s dual diagnosis. Bipolar disorder. Onset probably about thirteen.

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