Looks Bad on Paper

Years ago, about ten rows back in the auditorium a tearful mom talked to me after a school presentation on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. “I don’t do anything that matters,” she said. “I’m so consumed with my son’s drug problem.” I could relate to the moon and back having felt that way to be sure. It gave new perspective to hear her say it out loud. What she does matters — she loves someone.

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Every Parent’s Post-Treatment Dream – A Plan! Partnership for Drug-Free Kids nails it.

Making a plan upon his return home for the summer was so helpful. Everyone knows what’s expected and agrees. Parents breathe easier. Thank you Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Grrrrrreat info.

How to Make a Recovery Plan With Your Son or Daughter After Treatment

How to Create a Recovery Plan

If your teen is coming home from residential treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, it’s a good idea for you and your family to create a recovery plan.

A recovery plan is a way to map out what you all want as a family going forward, building on the great progress your son or daughter has made during treatment. It’s a tool to determine what actions will best support his or her recovery and personal growth, while enhancing your family’s overall well-being.

A recovery plan is developed together with your child and contains both rewards

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What Helped Me

Once a month we have our Just Keep Going Parents Prayer hour. Strewn on the 6′ x 8′ table are white paper tents with the parent’s first name written in Sharpie, a slash mark and their child, niece, grandson or granddaughter or friend’s child who is using alcohol and/or other drugs, has mental health issues, or is in early recovery. There are over twenty-five pieces of paper with probably fifty names. Then we verbally add more from the lists in our head – kids we know who are using and others who are discovering recovery. We pray a lot of things for a lot of young people in that sixty minutes, but the best part is…

Parent looking at sky

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Intervention Mention

Intervention: action taken to improve a situation, especially a medical disorder.  

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink… but you can salt his food.

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A Good Friday Conversation by Jill Briscoe

A Good Friday Conversation

A Good Friday Conversation – I knew I needed to focus on the Good Friday service, but how?

By Jill Briscoe

“Easter comes around as quickly as Christmas, Lord, or so it seems,” I murmured as I slipped into a back pew.

“Yes.”

“I’m glad so many people come to Good Friday services. I’m glad I can be here.”Woman praying in an empty modern church artistic edit with a vig Silence.
“I’m trying to concentrate Lord, to focus on what it’s all about.”

It’s hard for you when you’re so worried about your son,” He said simply.

“Yes.” …

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