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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 solve it.

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 Bill.


Originally published on September 1, 2008


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