“Receiving support from others who have been through what you are going through can be very powerful and often one of the most effective ways to stay hopeful, inspired and sane. You will find out that you are not alone in this fight against addiction. You can learn from other parents. And even though your child may be different than theirs, you’ll discover there are many similarities.”
– Lorraine McNeill-Popper, Mom and Parent Advisory Board Member
Nine million young people between the ages of 12 and 25 need treatment for substance abuse or addiction.
Of those nine million, two million are 12 – 17.
Of the two million, ninety percent are not getting the help they need.*
By listening to parents and working with experts in the field of teen substance abuse and treatment, we’ve developed Time To Get Help (drugfree.org/timetogethelp).
Time To Get Help is a new online resource and community to help parents of teens and young adults gain a better understanding of adolescent alcohol and drug abuse, dependence and addiction; get support from experts and other parents who have been there; and find the right treatment for their child and family.
We wanted to share this much-needed support network with you first – the parents, caregivers and partners who have embraced our cause and have joined our online community.
Time To Get Help, along with our Intervention and Treatment e-books, aims to guide parents when they need it most – parents who too often feel ashamed, helpless, alone and lost in a maze of too much or too little information about where to go and what to do next. This first-of-its-kind online resource answers the questions:
- Where can I learn more about drug and alcohol addiction? LEARN
- How do I begin gaining control over my situation? MAKE A PLAN
- How do I pay for treatment? LEARN
- Where can I get the support I need to help my child? COMMUNITY
- Where can I hear stories from parents who have gone through this? JOURNALS
For parents struggling with their child's drug and alcohol abuse, who need help finding treatment, have kids who are in treatment or want to learn more about being a positive influence for their children in recovery, there’s drugfree.org/timetogethelp.
You are not alone.
*Source: 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health