Boston partnership looks help parents with children struggling with addiction

SUPPORT A NEW PARTNERSHIP IN BOSTON IS FILLING THAT VOID

>> PHIL DID NOT JUST HAVE ONE SON FIGHTI ADDICTION, HE HAD TO >> AT ITS WORST, I DESCRIBE IT AS OUR OWN PRIVATE 9/11 COULD BEGIN AFTER AN INJURY IN HIGH SCHOOL >> HE WAS PRESCRIBED THESE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE OPIATES NOBODY EVER TOLD US HOW HIGHLY ADDICTIVE THEY WERE

>> YEARS LATER, HE LEARNED HIS YOUNGEST SON, 16, WAS ALSO STRUGGLING WITH OPIOIDS >> WE STRUGGLED WITH MANY OF THE SAME THINGS YOU HEAR STORIES FROM OTHER PARENTS, HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO ACCESS CARE WORRYING AM I GOING TO SEE MY SON’S TOMORROW? MY INITIAL REACTION WAS SHOCK SHARING THEIR REACTION IN AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN CREATED BY THE GREAT CAN CENTER FOR ADDICTION BOSS MEDICAL CENTER AND PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS

THE TWO ARE TEAMING UP TO FILL A VOID IN THE ADDICTION RECOVERY STRUGGLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR PARENTS >> PARENTS ARE REALLY IMPACTED BY THIS THEY OFTEN FEEL ISOLATED OR SHAMED TO ASK FOR HELP >> THE NEW SUPPORT WEBSITE NEXT PARENTS TO A COACH >> ABOUT 30% HAVE LOST A CHILD TO ADDICTION, AND 70% HAVE A CHILD IN RECOVERY

>> THE PARENTS CAN TEXT OR TALK ONLINE WITH A COACH THEY CAN ALSO FIND RESOURCES ON HOW TO HELP THEIR CHILD BEGIN RECOVERY AND EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT OPTIONS AND RECOVERY >> I WAS TRYING TO HELP OTHER FAMILIES AVOID MY FAMILY WENT THROUGH WITH BOTH OF HIS SONS IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY, HE HAS JOINED AS A LONG-TERM COACH KNOWS HIS STORY MIGHT HELP OTHERS FIGHT THE BATTLE AGAINST ADDICTION

>> LET’S GIVE YOU THAT WEBSITE FOR RESOURCES AND THERE IT IS YOU CAN GO TO THAT WEBSITE ANYTIME MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS CAN CALL THIS NUMBER, 844-319-5999 THAT LINE IS OPEN WEEKDAYS DURING GEN

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