New Mentoring Program Will Help Families Dealing With Drug Addiction

WELCOME BACK THIS WEEK BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER IS LAUNCHING A CAMPAIGN TO HELP FAMILIES DEALING WITH DRUG ADDICTION

THIS NEW MENTORING PROGRAM HELPS TO PUT FAMILIES IN TOUCH WITH OTHERS DEALING WITH SIMILAR ISSUES JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT IT IS MICHAEL, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR ADDICTION AND PAUL, A PARENT COACH FROM BEVERLY THANK YOU FOR JOINING US MICHAEL, WHY A MENTORING PROGRAM? THE SERVICES WE ARE OFFERING PARENTS HAVE TWO COMPONENTS ONE IS A HELPLINE THAT IS TRAINED BY A LICENSED CLINICIAN

WE ALSO FELT IT IMPORTANT AS WE LISTENED TO PARENTS, THIS CAN BE AN ISOLATING CONDITION FOR MANY PARENTS THERE IS NOTHING LIKE TALKING TO A PARENT WHO HAS HAD SPECIAL TRAINING BUT HAS ALSO HAD SOME EXPERIENCE GOING THROUGH THE JOURNEY SO PARENT LIKE PAUL WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT IT IS REALLY MULTIFACETED IN THEY HAVE ACCESS TO SPECIALLY TRAINED CLINICIANS BUT ALSO HAVE DIRECT EXPERIENCE WITH PARENTS PAUL, TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE? WE KNOW YOU HAD TWO SUNS WHEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS WHO WENT THROUGH ADDICTION

MY OLDEST SON WAS INJURED WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE FRACTURED HIS LEG, A YEAR LATER HE WAS PLAYING SPORTS, HE THEN BROKE THE SAME LEG DURING THIS TIME WE JUST HAD ALL SORTS OF OBSTACLES ON HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO FIND TREATMENT FOR THEM FIRST WE SIMPLY FELT ALONE WE DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO TURN WE WERE CLUELESS

WHEN WE FIRST DID FIND TREATMENT ABOUT THAT SAME TIME WE LEARNED OUR YOUNGEST SON, WAS STRUGGLING, HE WAS 16 YEARS OLD SO IT WAS A LONG JOURNEY WE SHOULD SAY THEY ARE BOTH DOING WELL NOW THEY ARE DOING GREAT, THANK YOU SO MUCH OFTEN THERE IS AN INJURY, THEY ARE PRESCRIBED DRUGS, EVENTUALLY THEY TURNED TO HEROIN

WHEN PARENTS CALL YOU, WHEN THEY WANT TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE, WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE YOU GIVE THEM? OFTEN IT IS QUITE DIFFERENT, THEY CAN STAY ENGAGED, STAY ENGAGED WITH THEIR LOVED ONE BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THEM THE SYSTEM IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR FAMILIES TO NAVIGATE THESE ARE GOOD KIDS THEY ARE JUST HOOKED ON HORRIBLE DRUGS

THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IT MAKES ME THINK, AS A PARENT, HE MUST BECOME ANGRY, YOU MUST HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW SO YOU NEED THE HELP OF PROFESSIONALS TO KNOW HOW TO COPE WITH THE ISSUES AND MICHAEL, WHEN PARENTS CALL THE HELPLINE, THEY WILL HAVE THE ADVICE OF OTHER PARENTS BUT ALSO TRAINED PROFESSIONALS EXACTLY, I THINK PARENTS GET ANGRY, WE KNOW SOMETIMES THOSE COMMUNICATIONS AND THAT INTERACTION CANNOT BE HELPFUL TO THE SITUATION AS PAUL INDICATED PARENTS OFTEN NEED GUIDANCE, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE AND GUIDANCE FROM OTHER PARENTS, IN TERMS OF NOT ONLY HOW DO THEY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BUT WHAT ARE HELPFUL BEHAVIORS, THAT THEY CAN IMPLEMENT TO MAKE SURE THEY REALLY IMPROVE THE PROBABILITY THEIR KIDS WILL GO INTO TREATMENT IF SOMEONE CALLS OF THE LINE WHAT IS THE PROCESS? HOW DOES IT WORK? THESE ARE LONG CALLS, THEY LOST AROUND 30 MINUTES

THEY HEAR WHAT THEIR SITUATION IS HEAR WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE THEY ESTABLISH AN ACTION PLAN AND FOLLOW UP WITH PARENTS WITH A HOST OF RESOURCES THEY WILL ALSO ASK IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE REFERRED TO A PARENT COACH SO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, WE HAVE 12 PARENT COACHES IN MASSACHUSETTS, WE WILL LINK THEM TO A PARENT COACH, THEY WILL HAVE FIVE OR SIX SESSIONS WITH A PARENT COACH

THE OTHER NICE THING IS IT ALSO LINKS TO LOCAL RESOURCES WE ARE REFERRING THEM TO LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS SO, WE HOPE WE ARE HITTING AS MANY SERVICES THAT PARENTS NEED IT MUST MAKE YOU FEEL SO GOOD TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS AND BE ABLE TO TELL PARENTS THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL YES, IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE COURAGE MY SON'S HAD

I HAVE A WONDERFUL WIFE WE WERE SO SUPPORTIVE OF THEM IT IS WONDERFUL TO SHARE IT MY OLDEST HAS BEEN DOING WELL FOR EIGHT YEARS, MY YOUNGEST FOR OVER 11 YEARS IN FACT, YOU WELCOMED A GRANDCHILD

YES, FIVE YEAR OLD OLD LITTLE SAM, HE IS WONDERFUL IT SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL PROGRAM THEY CAN FIND ACCESS TO RESOURCES AS WELL AS THE CALL IN NUMBER PARENTS CAN ALSO TEXT OR E- MAIL WE REALLY WANT TO MEET THEM

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