Our Online Program is entering full swing. Please read some current testimonials about our services:

TLC’s Online Treatment Programs
What Are Our Clients Saying?

“Online counseling helps me stay connected and accountable. It’s another tool that I use to stay sober.”
– Salesman

“It’s comfy because I don’t have to look anyone in the eye, so I can just tell it like it is.”
– Marketing Rep

“I thought maybe I could just hide behind my computer. But what I noticed is that I actually started talking things out here, and everybody else in the group does too! Listening to how others handle their difficulties gives me new ways to think about handling mine. That’s what I think is so great!”
– Retired

“I have found TLC’s online groups to be extremely effective. After rehab I was in a group where there were usually 12-14 people. Mostly it was about how you looked, what people were wearing, etc. In this group we are able to talk about things that are very meaningful, and you’re not thinking about how someone looks, but about what they’re saying. Also for me, there are people in the [online] group who have been through a lot of different things and there have been no judgments made about one another; we’ve all shared our similarities. I’ve seen people move on in their lives. It has been so powerful.”
– Marketing Rep

“I don’t know why I waited so long to do this. This feels great!”
– Retired Engineer

“I like A.A. meetings but I always have this overwhelming desire to look good to everybody, even when I don’t feel it. Here I can just be myself, talk straight about what’s going on for me, and you guys tell me the truth. Also, I don’t have to drive to get here so that’s good!”
– Computer Tech

“This online continuing care is the best thing I have ever done for myself. It keeps me connected.”
– Outside Sales

“It’s like starting from 1st grade for me. I have learned A LOT! This has been a real eye-opener.”
– Teacher

“The online group is a great tool for me because I can talk openly and I don’t get so nervous.”
– College Student

“I look forward to attending because I can talk about real stuff and everyone is very supportive of one another.”
– Homemaker

“I was going to several different meetings, but found many ‘cliques’ that were difficult to enter. While I am still committed to 12-Step, and continue to actively participate in this group, I always get a good feeling and feel like I belong.”
– Marketing

“I have many people I can trust: family, friends, therapist, colleagues and this online group.”
– Marketing Rep

“My best support comes from other addicts and alcoholics in recovery, because they go through the same kind of things that I do. This online discussion is the greatest! I enjoy the hell out of these sessions. You just can’t get enough support, and I know that these groups are really supportive.”
– Retired

“I’ve been through treatment 3 times before this. This was hard for me because dealing with my feelings has never been easy. I got to deal with important feelings that I never had to face before. I learned how to be more assertive, and can stand up for myself which I didn’t know how to do before. It’s still kind of uncomfortable, but I’m doing better. These groups really made a difference for me.”
– Computer Marketer

“This is a good thing. It’s been a good experience for me. I like the convenience of being able to sign on from my home. I feel connected to the other group members and look forward to each group, I’ve been in treatment before and I am learning lots of new things. I’m glad I chose to participate in this program.”
– Teacher

“I have been so grateful that I came to this program. It was a hard road but this program made me open up to my problems honestly. First I had to look at them from the outside but then I started looking at them from the inside. What a difference! I can’t express enough gratitude to my counselors for their help in this journey. I never dreamed that I could think differently about my disease and myself. Thank you so much!”
– Finance Manager

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We’re about to unveil the latest iteration of our Online Treatment, which we hope will make it all that much easier for you to commit to treatment and maintain anonymity and to a certain extent, going about things at your own pace and allowing you to fulfill your daily responsibilities as well.

This program is for the person who has a job, school, or wants to take the recovery course from the privacy of their own home. Our counselors conduct the complete recovery process by meeting with you three times a week for 10 weeks in a live, private online meeting that you can do in your own home using your computer. After 10 weeks, an Aftercare Program is included at no additional cost. All you need is a computer and online access – we will send you a headset and all materials. This allows you to continue your daily life and still overcome, heal and improve areas affected by the abuse. For more information on the online program, click here. To enroll in the online program, you can use this form or call 1-877-399-1993.

However,  if you need 24/7 inpatient, we have that option in a comfortable facility.
Inpatient Beds at 24/7 Facility – The Living Center network has addiction treatment facilities available immediately with 24 hour 7 day a week treatment. These are certified medical addiction treatment centers focusing on healing, recovery, and a “get going” focus for your life! If you (or someone you love) needs a top-rated treatment center with caring staff, experienced counselors and qualified medical doctors, call our inpatient program at 1-877-399-1993.

Don’t let shame hold you back anymore. There is absolutely nothing shameful about a true desire to change.

Brittany Semadeni reports on addiction treatment for the military:

FORT HOOD (September 27, 2011)–Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will soon be home to a new treatment program aimed at helping active-duty soldiers curb their substance abuse habits.

The program will also assist military members in need of behavioral health counseling.

Click here to find out more!

The Intensive Outpatient Program Day Treatment Center’s purpose is to strengthen the overall fitness and readiness of the military force, health officials say.

Counselors will be using complementary alternative medicine treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprogramming and acupuncture detoxification.

Interventions include initial psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing, biopsychosocial evaluations, treatment and discharge planning.

Military members wishing to participate in the program must be enrolled in the Army Substance Abuse Program before receiving treatment and must be willing to take part in the day treatment center program.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. behind the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and in front of building 36053 to mark the center’s opening.

We’re working on a lot of interesting things right, some videos, some new websites, a lot of developments being undertaken at the moment. Keep an eye!

A few weeks ago we sat down with a video crew and filmed a few videos. The most poignant moment of the day came when Troy was asked to describe a success story. Ruminating briefly on the various successes (and failures) of the program, Troy described what was ultimately, the most meaningful success to him personally: his brother.

Dick Nitsch  from the Herald Times opines on drug abuse prevention amongst teens:

The Two RiversSchool District is currently on its third year of a three-year Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Grant. The grant made $40,000 a year available to the district for AODA prevention activities, including the “mock accident scene” that took place last week.

The district has partnered with the Manitowoc County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention to develop prevention strategies for Two Rivers and the entire county.

The district received the grant in part because Manitowoc County typically ranks high when compared to the state average in the category of underage drinking. Two Rivers High School, along with all of the other high schools in the county, conducts a Youth Risk Behavior Survey once every other year. The survey provides the district information about the onset of alcohol use, the prevalence of alcohol use, and other related risky behaviors such as driving with someone who has been drinking.

The district has shown improvements since the last administration of the YRBS, but there is still room for improvement. Countywide data suggests that many students have their first experience with alcohol while they are in middle school. That has caused the district to focus a large amount of prevention efforts on the middle school age group.


Research indicates that parents are the greatest influence on an adolescent’s decision to use alcohol or other drugs. Therefore, attention has been given to educating parents on the negative effects of alcohol on the developing brain. Since the brain continues to develop until the mid-20s, it is crucial that parents discourage use of alcohol prior to the legal drinking age of 21. The athletic code has been one area of focus to educate parents. Parents are now required to attend a code meeting where they are given information about the consequences both on and off the field related to drinking and other code violations. Other education opportunities for parents include articles related to AODA issues in monthly newsletters.

At freshmen orientation, parents and the incoming ninth-graders sit together while they share a spaghetti supper and are given focus questions to discuss critical issues that the teen will likely face in high school such as, “What will you do if a friend asks you to go to a drinking party?” and “If I end up at a party where there is drinking, how will you react when I call for a ride home?” We believe presenting these questions before the actual situation occurs; students will more likely make better choices.

Parent tool kits are now available for check out that include articles, DVD’s, books, etc. that provide parents with the tools that are essential in raising a healthy child who will remain alcohol and drug free.

‘Life of an Athlete’

The district has also promoted the “Life of an Athlete” program, which trains athletes to develop their leadership skills in order to influence peers to make healthy choices, including abstaining from alcohol. Athletes have learned from John Underwood that one night of binge drinking removes the effects of two weeks of training.

Our district involves parents in hosting our post prom so students have an opportunity to celebrate prom in an alcohol-free environment. They are also invited to join the movement to proclaim their intentions of not providing alcohol to anyone under age 21 by displaying their commitment on their front lawn with a “Parents who Host Lose the Most” yard sign.

Other avenues

Another focus is for peers to educate and support peers to join them in remaining alcohol and drug free. Some opportunities for this include a group called T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use). This group sponsors activities throughout the year to educate peers about the effects of tobacco, including doing presentations to all third- and fifth-graders the age when children begin to experiment with tobacco.

Students also can participate in P.L.U.S. (Peer Leaders Understanding Students) at the high school or P.L.U.S Jr. at the middle school. This club meets monthly with a different focus each month, such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, bullying, etc. Activities can include having students sign pledge cards, putting up posters or sponsoring activity nights. There also is a club called HEROS who promote healthy relationships.

Finally, the focus of ASAP has been to change the culture of our community that alcohol has to be included in the majority of community events and celebrations. A group of students now meets monthly called Youth Voice Ambassadors. These students are learning about virtues and using these virtues to make positive decisions to promote a positive, healthy school culture.

1. What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease that includes the following four symptoms:

  • Craving –A strong need, or urge, to drink.
  • Loss of control –Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
  • Physical dependence –Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
  • Tolerance –The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get “high.”

For clinical and research purposes, formal diagnostic criteria for alcoholism also have been developed. Such criteria are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association, as well as in the International Classification Diseases, published by the World Health Organization. (See also “Publications,” Alcohol Alert No. 30: Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence.)

2. Is alcoholism a disease?

Yes, alcoholism is a disease. The craving that an alcoholic feels for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water. An alcoholic will continue to drink despite serious family, health, or legal problems.

Like many other diseases, alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person’s lifetime; it usually follows a predictable course; and it has symptoms. The risk for developing alcoholism is influenced both by a person’s genes and by his or her lifestyle. (See also “Publications,” Alcohol Alert No. 30: Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence.)

3. Is alcoholism inherited?

Research shows that the risk for developing alcoholism does indeed run in families. The genes a person inherits partially explain this pattern, but lifestyle is also a factor. Currently, researchers are working to discover the actual genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. Your friends, the amount of stress in your life, and how readily available alcohol is also are factors that may increase your risk for alcoholism.

But remember: Risk is not destiny. Just because alcoholism tends to run in families doesn’t mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic too. Some people develop alcoholism even though no one in their family has a drinking problem. By the same token, not all children of alcoholic families get into trouble with alcohol. Knowing you are at risk is important, though, because then you can take steps to protect yourself from developing problems with alcohol. (See also “Publications,” A Family History of Alcoholism – Are You at Risk?; Alcohol Alert No. 18: The Genetics of Alcoholism.)

4. Can alcoholism be cured?

No, alcoholism cannot be cured at this time. Even if an alcoholic hasn’t been drinking for a long time, he or she can still suffer a relapse. Not drinking is the safest course for most people with alcoholism. 

5. Can alcoholism be treated?

Yes, alcoholism can be treated. Alcoholism treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help a person stop drinking. Treatment has helped many people stop drinking and rebuild their lives. (See also “Publication,” Alcohol Alert No. 49: New Advances in Alcoholism Treatment.)

6. Which medications treat alcoholism?  

Three oral medications–disulfiram (Antabuse®), naltrexone (Depade®, ReVia®), and acamprosate (Campral®)–are currently approved to treat alcohol dependence. In addition, an injectable, long-acting form of naltrexone (Vivitrol®) is available. These medications have been shown to help people with dependence reduce their drinking, avoid relapse to heavy drinking, and achieve and maintain abstinence. Naltrexone acts in the brain to reduce craving for alcohol after someone has stopped drinking. Acamprosate is thought to work by reducing symptoms that follow lengthy abstinence, such as anxiety and insomnia. Disulfiram discourages drinking by making the person taking it feel sick after drinking alcohol.

Other types of drugs are available to help manage symptoms of withdrawal (such as shakiness, nausea, and sweating) if they occur after someone with alcohol dependence stops drinking.

Although medications are available to help treat alcoholism, there is no “magic bullet.” In other words, no single medication is available that works in every case and/or in every person. Developing new and more effective medications to treat alcoholism remains a high priority for researchers. (See also “News Releases,” Jan. 17, 1995: Naltrexone Approved for Alcoholism Treatment and “Publication,” Alcohol Alert No. 61: Neuroscience Research and Therapeutic Targets.)

7. Does alcoholism treatment work?

Alcoholism treatment works for many people. But like other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma, there are varying levels of success when it comes to treatment. Some people stop drinking and remain sober. Others have long periods of sobriety with bouts of relapse. And still others cannot stop drinking for any length of time. With treatment, one thing is clear, however: the longer a person abstains from alcohol, the more likely he or she will be able to stay sober.

8. Do you have to be an alcoholic to experience problems?

No. Alcoholism is only one type of an alcohol problem. Alcohol abuse can be just as harmful. A person can abuse alcohol without actually being an alcoholic–that is, he or she may drink too much and too often but still not be dependent on alcohol. Some of the problems linked to alcohol abuse include not being able to meet work, school, or family responsibilities; drunk-driving arrests and car crashes; and drinking-related medical conditions. Under some circumstances, even social or moderate drinking is dangerous–for example, when driving, during pregnancy, or when taking certain medications.

9. Are specific groups of people more likely to have problems?

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism cut across gender, race, and nationality. In the United States, 17.6 million people–about l in every 12 adults–abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. In general, more men than women are alcohol dependent or have alcohol problems. And alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29 and lowest among adults ages 65 and older. We also know that people who start drinking at an early age–for example, at age 14 or younger–are at much higher risk of developing alcohol problems at some point in their lives compared to someone who starts drinking at age 21 or after. (See also “News Releases,” June 10, 2004 ” Alcohol Abuse Increases, Dependence Declines Across Decade: Young Adult Minorities Emerge As High-Risk Subgroups” and July 3, 2006 ” Early Drinking Linked to Higher Lifetime Alcoholism Risk. See also Alcohol Alert No. 55: Alcohol and Minorities: An Update.)

10. How can you tell if someone has a problem?

Answering the following four questions can help you find out if you or a loved one has a drinking problem:

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

One “yes” answer suggests a possible alcohol problem. More than one “yes” answer means it is highly likely that a problem exists. If you think that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, it is important to see a doctor or other health care provider right away. They can help you determine if a drinking problem exists and plan the best course of action.

11. Can a problem drinker simply cut down?  

It depends. If that person has been diagnosed as an alcoholic, the answer is “no.” Alcoholics who try to cut down on drinking rarely succeed. Cutting out alcohol–that is, abstaining–is usually the best course for recovery. People who are not alcohol dependent but who have experienced alcohol-related problems may be able to limit the amount they drink. If they can’t stay within those limits, they need to stop drinking altogether. (See the question 13, “What is a safe level of drinking?”) (See also “Publications/Pamphlets and Brochures,” How to Cut Down on Your Drinking.)

12. If an alcoholic is unwilling to get help, what can you do about it?

This can be a challenge. An alcoholic can’t be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as a traffic violation dor arrest that results in court-ordered treatment. But you don’t have to wait for someone to “hit rock bottom” to act. Many alcoholism treatment specialists suggest the following steps to help an alcoholic get treatment:

Stop all “cover ups.” Family members often make excuses to others or try to protect the alcoholic from the results of his or her drinking. It is important to stop covering for the alcoholic so that he or she experiences the full consequences of drinking.

Time your intervention. The best time to talk to the drinker is shortly after an alcohol-related problem has occurred–like a serious family argument or an accident. Choose a time when he or she is sober, both of you are fairly calm, and you have a chance to talk in private.

Be specific. Tell the family member that you are worried about his or her drinking. Use examples of the ways in which the drinking has caused problems, including the most recent incident.

State the results. Explain to the drinker what you will do if he or she doesn’t go for help–not to punish the drinker, but to protect yourself from his or her problems. What you say may range from refusing to go with the person to any social activity where alcohol will be served, to moving out of the house. Do not make any threats you are not prepared to carry out.

Get help. Gather information in advance about treatment options in your community. If the person is willing to get help, call immediately for an appointment with a treatment counselor. Offer to go with the family member on the first visit to a treatment program and/or an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Call on a friend. If the family member still refuses to get help, ask a friend to talk with him or her using the steps just described. A friend who is a recovering alcoholic may be particularly persuasive, but any person who is caring and nonjudgmental may help. The intervention of more than one person, more than one time, is often necessary to coax an alcoholic to seek help.

Find strength in numbers. With the help of a health care professional, some families join with other relatives and friends to confront an alcoholic as a group. This approach should only be tried under the guidance of a health care professional who is experienced in this kind of group intervention.

Get support. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Support groups offered in most communities include Al-Anon, which holds regular meetings for spouses and other significant adults in an alcoholic’s life, and Alateen, which is geared to children of alcoholics. These groups help family members understand that they are not responsible for an alcoholic’s drinking and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the alcoholic family member chooses to get help. (See the question 19, “How can a person get help for an alcohol problem” for referral to support groups.)

You can call the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service ( Center for Substance Abuse Treatment) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information about treatment programs in your local community and to speak to someone about an alcohol problem.

13. What is a safe level of drinking?

For most adults, moderate alcohol use–up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people–causes few if any problems. (One drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.)

Certain people should not drink at all, however:

  • Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • People who plan to drive or engage in other activities that require alertness and skill (such as driving a car)
  • People taking certain over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • People with medical conditions that can be made worse by drinking  
  • Recovering alcoholics
  • People younger than age 21.  

(See also “Publications” Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol With Medicines and Drinking and Your Pregnancy; Alcohol Alert No. 27: Alcohol-Medication Interactions; Alcohol Alert No 50: Fetal Alcohol Exposure and the Brain; and Alcohol Alert No. 52: Alcohol and Transportation Safety)

14. Is it safe to drink during pregnancy?

No, alcohol can harm the baby of a mother who drinks during pregnancy. Although the highest risk is to babies whose mothers drink heavily, it is not clear yet whether there is any completely safe level of alcohol during pregnancy. For this reason, the U.S. Surgeon General released advisories in 1981 and again in 2005 urging women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to abstain from alcohol ( http://www.lhvpn.net/hhspress.html). The damage caused by prenatal alcohol includes a range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems in babies Babies most severely affected have what is called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). These babies may have abnormal facial features and severe learning disabilities. Babies can also be born with mild disabilities without the facial changes typical of FAS.

(See also “Publications” Alcohol Alert No.50: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Brain; “Pamphlets and Brochures,” Drinking and Your Pregnancy.)

15. Does alcohol affect older people differently?

Alcohol’s effects do vary with age. Slower reaction times, problems with hearing and seeing, and a lower tolerance to alcohol’s effects put older people at higher risk for falls, car crashes, and other types of injuries that may result from drinking.

Older people also tend to take more medicines than younger people. Mixing alcohol with over-the-counter or prescription medications can be very dangerous, even fatal. (See the question 18,  “When taking medications, must you stop drinking?” for more information.) In addition, alcohol can make many of the medical conditions common in older people, including high blood pressure and ulcers, more serious. Physical changes associated with aging can make older people feel “high” even after drinking only small amounts of alcohol. So even if there is no medical reason to avoid alcohol, older men and women should limit themselves to one drink per day. (See also “Publications/Pamphlets and Brochures” Age Page: Alcohol Use and Abuse.)

16. Does alcohol affect women differently?

Yes, alcohol affects women differently than men. Women become more impaired than men do after drinking the same amount of alcohol, even when differences in body weight are taken into account. This is because women’s bodies have less water than men’s bodies. Because alcohol mixes with body water, a given amount of alcohol becomes more highly concentrated in a woman’s body than in a man’s. In other words, it would be like dropping the same amount of alcohol into a much smaller pail of water. That is why the recommended drinking limit for women is lower than for men. (See the question 13, “What is a safe level of drinking?” for recommended limits.)

In addition, chronic alcohol abuse takes a heavier physical toll on women than on men. Alcohol dependence and related medical problems, such as brain, heart, and liver damage, progress more rapidly in women than in men. (See also “Publications,” Alcohol Alert No. 62: Alcohol-An Important Women’s Health Issue.)

17. Is alcohol good for your heart?

Studies have shown that moderate drinkers are less likely to die from one form of heart disease than are people who do not drink any alcohol or who drink more.

If you are a nondrinker, however, you should not start drinking solely to benefit your heart. You can guard against heart disease by exercising and eating foods that are low in fat. And if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, have been diagnosed as alcoholic, or have another medical condition that could make alcohol use harmful, you should not drink.

If you can safely drink alcohol and you choose to drink, do so in moderation. Heavy drinking can actually increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, and high blood pressure, as well as cause many other medical problems, such as liver cirrhosis. (See also “Publications,” Alcohol Alert No. 16: Moderate Drinking and Alcohol Alert No. 45: Alcohol Coronary Heart Disease.)

18. When taking medications, must you stop drinking?

Possibly. More than 150 medications interact harmfully with alcohol. These interactions may result in increased risk of illness, injury, and even death. Alcohol’s effects are heightened by medicines that depress the central nervous system, such as sleeping pills, antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and some painkillers. In addition, medicines for certain disorders, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, can have harmful interactions with alcohol. If you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can safely drink alcohol. (See also “Publications,” Harmful Interactions; Mixing Alcohol with Medicines; Alcohol Alert No. 27 : Alcohol-Medication Interactions.)

Tips for Parents of Opiate Addicts*

By Anne Watkins

If you’re the parent of an opiate addict, whether your child is grown or still young, you’re probably going through rough times right now. You may be wondering if you’re going about it in the right way, and if there’s more that you can do.

And the challenges don’t end when your child seeks opiate addiction treatment. In fact, the post-addiction period comes with a whole new set of challenges for everyone involved. Many parents worry about what they can do to help prevent their child from relapsing, and there are also other complications such as social stigmatization and your own worries that you’ve failed as a parent.

To help get you through this difficult time, here are a few common tips that addiction treatment experts tell parents of addicts:

1. Know that it’s not your fault. When children have personal troubles, it’s natural for parents to try to blame themselves, at least on some level. This impulse is understandable, but it’s also unfounded. Thanks to countless scientific studies, we now know that there is a genetic basis for addiction. And when the predisposition is strong enough, no amount of good parenting can stop a child from eventually having issues with substance abuse.

In fact, look at it this way: If your child has acknowledged that he or she has a problem and is now seeking treatment, this means that you did something right. Many addicts never get better. The ones who do usually do so because their parents gave them a strong moral foundation. When your child seeks treatment, know that you gave your child the strength to deal with these problems without falling apart, as so many addicts do.

2. End your enabling. It’s common for parents to engage in enabling behavior even when they don’t know that they’re doing it. This is simply because you love your children and you want what’s best for them. But take a close look at what you do. For example, if you have consistently financially supported a grown child, this qualifies as enabling behavior. Yes, even when you help to pay for rent, bills or food, you’re giving your child a chance to go on being irresponsible.

Let your child know that you are there for emotional support, but that you can’t keep handing over money. Make it clear, and stick to your guns. Often, having to support oneself is the best antidote to drug addiction.

3. Use tough love when necessary. To be a positive guiding hand in your child’s life, sometimes it’s important to be tough. Part of this is ending financial support, but it also involves not allowing a grown child to live with you, not lying on his or her behalf and even calling the police if necessary. These may be among the hardest things you’ll ever do, but keep the long-term benefits in mind. The more you cover for your children in the short term, the longer it will take for them to seek treatment and get better.

Sometimes, parents just have to allow their children to fall. We all must go through our own learning experiences, and when you give your children an easy cushion to land on, you prevent them from having to face the negative consequences of bad life decisions. This experience can be powerful, so don’t deprive your child of it.

4. Educate yourself on opiate addiction and treatment. If you want to get a handle on your child’s addiction, the most important step is to arm yourself with all the knowledge you have access to. Look into the causes of addiction. Read about why it happens and what family members can do. Educate yourself about the latest treatment methods. If you can, try to talk to friends or coworkers about experiences they or people they know have had with addiction treatment.

The more you know, the more qualified you’ll be to play an active role in your child’s recovery. It will also be some consolation to have an understanding of why your child is going through these things.

5. Do the footwork. In addition to basic research, start to compile a list of all the opiate addiction rehab and treatment centers in your area. Look into which ones are best, and start to weigh which treatment options will be best for your child. If your child is grown, then they will have the final say in treatment option decisions, but you can take away a lot of the guesswork by helping them conduct research.

6. Involve the rest of the family. Children can be quite dismissive of what their parents say. But you can use your influence to organize a united front against your child’s addiction. If you have other children, close friends or family members who have some sway over your addicted loved one, consider organizing an intervention. Short of that, encourage others in your family to reach out to your problem child. Parents tend to play a large role, but it never hurts to involve the rest of the family as much as possible.

7. Go to a support group. You may think that you’re already well-equipped to handle this situation, but you can always get better. Going to a support group for parents of addicts can provide you with many coping tools that you didn’t even know were out there. You’ll learn how to find the right attitude and take the right approach to your child’s addiction. You’ll also get the chance to meet other people who are going through the same thing as you, or who have been through it in the past.

8. End codependence. As a parent of an addict, make it your job to be the strong, stable rock at the center of your child’s life. In other words, don’t allow yourself to be dragged into their life. Instead, set a good example of what a strong, healthy adult looks like. Going in the other direction and being sucked into your child’s troubles only perpetuates the problems that lead to addiction.

*This article serves as a guidepost and a jumping off point, but does not necessarily reflect the views of the ownership or staff of The Living Center. It is beyond important, however, that we educate ourselves on this topic, to be able to make the correct choices.

Hello! Over the next several days, weeks, and months we’ll be popping in here to provide you with valuable resources aimed to reaching out to those who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse, as well as their families.

At our Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, we are dedicated to providing an environment where the recovery and healing process can be offered to individuals with the goal in mind, of complete recovery. Treatment is only the first step towards recovery, SO WE ALSO have a great program for aftercare, that means the time after you finish our program and you are enjoying your new life, we will still be there for you with our aftercare program. Specifically, you or your loved one will find that our aftercare services can greatly contribute to your success after the treatment program:

  • Counseling for families,
  • Follow up out-patient services,
  • Referrals to sober living homes,
  • Residential programs,
  • Adolescent and teen program,
  • Online treatment followup.

Our Therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is supervised by friendly medical staff that care about your life. The actual program may include medical detoxification, didactic and experimental learning, group exercises and interaction, family and individual counseling, vocational training, parenting skills, recreation therapy, and relapse prevention training, after care placement, and referral or follow up treatment services.

Please take a look at our site to see what we have to offer you or your loved one. We are a professional caring treatment center that is committed to helping you overcome addiction and reach your true potential.