You recently found out your child or loved one has an addiction problem… what next? You may feel overwhelmed about how to help out. Where do you go? What do you do? How can you help? How do you pay for it?

Over and over we hear “but we did everything right!” Addiction is an equal opportunity employer. Addiction knows no gender, ethnicity, socio economic class, or age. Sometimes good kids of good parents make bad decisions. But there is hope! Addiction IS treatable. The first step is to get your child or loved one into an assessment to get a picture what level of treatment they will need. For a list of local providers, call 211. Another option is Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Treatment Locator.

5 Things You Should Know About Relapse

  1. Relapse is common – not inevitable.
  2. Work together to prevent relapse – urges are normal. Anticipate the “high risk” situations.
  3. Relapse can happen during “good times” too – the brain is changed, it will take a while (maybe even a lifetime) to recover.
  4. If it does occur, consult a medical professional or recovery group – wrap around support is essential.
  5. Learn from the relapse – and start again at day one.

For more about recovery, visit: www.drugfree.org/recover