Frequently Asked Questions

What is drug addiction treatment?
What is the best treatment for my child?
Is treatment worth the cost?
What is drug addiction treatment?

"Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. "

(Taken from National Institute of Drug Abuse)

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Just because someone needs drug treatment, doesn't mean they want drug treatment.

What is the best treatment for my child?

 Treatments are designed to give addicts tools to help them stay clean/sober. It's up to the addict to use the tools. If the addict does not use the tools provided, no amount or kind of treatment will work. Is your loved one ready for treatment? Only they can answer that, but it's important to have guidance for yourself before you start throwing money away for their treatment.

Is treatment worth the cost?

There are a lot of variables to take into account when finding the right treatment for the addict/alcoholic. You could spend thousands of dollars trying to find the right treatment to "fix" your child. But that's not going to work. I spend a lot of time with my clients going into the variables to consider when finding the right treatment plan for their child.

How do I know my child is really an addict/alcoholic?
If I work with you how much is this going to disrupt my life?
Can you work with my addicted child?
How do I know my child is really an addict/alcoholic?

This is something your child has to answer for themselves. Drug/alcohol abuse isn't always an indication of addiction. Even if you KNOW they have a problem, they still have to figure it out for themselves. Addiction is complicated to understand. It's why it's important for both the person using drugs/alcohol and the family members to get help.

If I work with you, how much is this going to disrupt my life?

My services take the busy parent into account and the needs  of complete confidentiality. I understand that many parents find it difficult to go to group meetings and therapies to get the help they need. I've helped many people of influence that need to keep their lives private and have limited time. My offerings can be done from the comfort of your home and do not take a lot of time.

Can you work with my addicted child?

Aftercare is an important part for a person getting out of treatment. I will work directly with the addicted loved one once the parents have worked with me on learning how to be supportive. Learning how to live without drugs/alcohol can be challenging for a person who has been used to the that lifestyle. I offer insights and direction to the newly sobering person.

Why do only some people get addicted to drugs?
I have suspicions my child is addicted to drugs, but I am not sure, what do I do?
Why do addicts drag their families and friends down with them?
Why do some people get addicted to drugs/alcohol and others don't?

Extensive research is being done all the time about addiction. We are growing in our understanding that addiction is biological, but there are other factors to take into account as to whether or not someone will turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. We don't have a clear answer on how to "Fix It". All we can say is it's up to the addict/alcoholic to decide they are willing to put the work in to be able to stop using drugs or alcohol to cope with their lives

I have suspicions my child is addicted to drugs, but I am not sure, what do I do?

It can be hard to approach this conversation with your child. So many "What If's..." you're probably asking yourself. My quick answer is trust your instincts. Let me ask you this: Are they living with you? Are you paying their rent/bills? Other things? If you are, you have a right to put conditions on your help. You may need support through this process. Reach out and I will help form a plan with you. 

Why do addicts drag their families and friends down with them?

This is going to be tough to hear; the addicts/alcoholics don't drag their families/friends down with them. Families/friends go willingly into the chaos. BUT, it's because they don't know how to protect themselves and set good boundaries. This is why it is important for families/friends to get help. We aren't inherently trained to know how to handle someone in their addiction. I've learned the hard way, but you don't have to. Reach out and get help. 

Have more questions?

Addiction is confusing and painful. Trauma related drug abuse is complicated. I have found many parents don't have the right resources for support and guidance. They continue unintentionally supporting their child's addiction and possibly their death. Families and friends will spend years and many hard lessons figuring out what to do. But you don't have to. If you have more questions, I can help. Schedule a call, it's free, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.