For you.

Some of the best tips and tools for parents are on Drugfree.org. I find myself posting their posts and sharing their shares. Great idea: wait for it…how about you get their posts directly? Genius, I know, right? Let me whet your appetite with these addressed topics:

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It’s a Wonderful Life but it’s a Lot.

I struggle with people’s occasional (?) weirdness. Weirdness defined as not thinking the way I think, which is of course the right and only way.  I feel hurt, confused and “What?” “Oh,” “Okay,” and “WhatEVER” about it. Makes me not want  to be vulnerable and offer my something to be rejected. Makes me want to sit in my house in a butt-pocketed, well-worn La-Z-Boy with the same exact routine which does not involve getting involved. Makes me not want to give back, give out, give away. Makes me want to give up.

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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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