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Friday, August 26, 2016

What You Wish You'd Known About Addiction

This week, The Boston Globe, ran an article written from the perspective of a parent whose daughter is recovering from heroin. 

“I’ve learned how addiction can take hold of someone and not let go. I’ve learned that the way back is a gargantuan struggle … most of all, as my daughter works to recover, I’ve learned that knowledge is our best defense against the scourge of addiction,” writes Beverly Conyers.

If your loved one is currently fighting his or her way back from addiction, “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before my Daughter Became Addicted to Heroin,” is sure to resonate. 

Here’s a summary of some of the many insights the author brings to light:

Addiction can happen in any family.
Even “good” kids who are smart with solid upbringings are susceptible to addiction. This is because genes account for about 50 percent of a person’s vulnerability to addiction.

Substance abuse requires swift action.  If you suspect your child is abusing, seek professional help with the same sense of urgency with which you would seek help for any other life-threatening condition.

Addiction has a mental health component. People with mood or anxiety disorders or antisocial syndrome are about twice as likely as the general population to suffer from a drug use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Many addictsincluding my daughterdescribe an “inner emptiness” that existed long before they began using mind-altering substances,” she admits.

Shame is the enemy of prevention and recovery. Addiction is not related to a person’s character nor is it a sign of weakness, immorality, or bad parenting. “Even the most attentive, conscientious parents can raise kids who end up addicted,” notes Conyers.

Getting Help for a Loved One
One of the most important decisions you can make is to support your son or daughter in seeking treatment for addiction. For information about Hope Academy's young adult substance abuse treatment program, or to begin the admissions process for a loved one, call 866-930-4673.

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