Prescription Pills: The New Drug of Choice for Teens
Real-Life Rescue Advice continued...
Bring in the big guns. That means professional drug counselors,
therapy groups, treatment programs — whatever best fits your family's needs and
budget. The greater the degree of expertise you call in, the better your
chances of success. Contact your insurance company to find out what it covers.
A 28-day inpatient program keeps your child away from everyday triggers: We
swear by Hazelden (the 59-year-old private, not-for-profit addiction-treatment
center Sara attended) because we've seen the miracles performed there.
Look into sober high schools. They can provide structure and support.
Many in-patient treatment programs are related to or can recommend a sober high
school in your state. Boarding schools may charge; many others, like charter
schools, are free.
Go to Al-Anon meetings. Designed for loved ones of an addict, they'll
give you the skills to avoid being codependent with your child and help you
figure out your role in her recovery. You didn't cause this, but you can help
Help Pass the Ryan Haight Bill
In June, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 was
introduced in the House of Representatives with bipartisan sponsors; it's now
in committee. "These rogue pharmacies must be stopped," says Senator
Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif.), a sponsor of the bill in the Senate. "I
encourage people to call their representatives in Congress and urge them to
support and pass this important bill, H.R. 6353." For more information on
how to help, go to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse: Pass the Ryan Haight
Originally published on September 1, 2008
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