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Determining if your child has a problem

Determining if your child has a problem

Recovery starts with acknowledging the problem. However, when it comes to adolescents and young adults, it’s not always easy to determine if your child has a substance use disorder (SUD). In module 2, REAL’s Chief Medical Officer, addiction psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Eric Collins, MD will help you

  • Recognize the warning signs that your child may have a SUD
  • Find a quality treatment provider
  • Communicate with your child about your concerns

Understanding boundaries

Understanding boundaries

Boundaries help to create an environment where everyone in the family can thrive. In module 4, Master’s level licensed counselor and board certified interventionist (CIP) Heather Hayes will help you:

  • Determine boundaries that support your child’s recovery and healthy family relationships
  • Respond appropriately when boundaries are broken

Establishing family alignment

Establishing family alignment

When everyone in your family is on the same page, you can move forward together. In modules 4, 5, 6 and 13, Master’s level, licensed counselor and board certified interventionist (CIP) Heather Hayes, board certified pediatrician and author Elizabeth Henry, MD, and psychotherapist Audrey Freshman, PhD, LCSW and CASAC will help you:

  • Get the family unit, especially the parenting team, aligned and working together to effectively support your child’s recovery
  • Improve communication between family members through active listening and open, honest dialogue
  • Demonstrate a united front when communicating expectations, both within the family and with others
  • Learn how to rebuild family relationships

Exploring treatment options

Exploring treatment options

The process of exploring the enormous number of treatment options and providers available can be overwhelming and full of misinformation. Board certified addiction psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA Tim Fong, MD and Chief Clinical Officer of Choice House Jill Krush will walk you through:

  • Different treatment options
  • The process of finding a reputable treatment center
  • Choosing the most appropriate treatment for your child and your family’s needs
  • Navigating the residential treatment experience

Researching insurance and payment options

Researching insurance and payment options

The cost of rehab for your child can be concerning. If you’re wondering how to pay for treatment, you’re not alone. In module 9, Rista Luna, Master’s level behavioral health professional and Admissions Outreach Coordinator at Continuum of Care will help you:

  • Contact your insurance provider for coverage information
  • Obtain documentation to support coverage requests
  • Negotiate private pay, including scholarship options

Managing relapses

Managing relapses

Relapse is not uncommon and does not mean treatment was a failure; in fact, it is often part of the overall recovery process. Remember, recovery is a lifelong journey. In module 12, board certified psychiatrist Nedson Campbell, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the Atlantic Division of Onward Behavioral Health, will help you:

  • Identify the signs of relapse and risk factors that may contribute to it
  • Respond to your child’s relapse
  • Put together a plan of action for current and future relapses

Celebrating recovery milestones

Celebrating recovery milestones

Sobriety isn’t easy, so it’s important to honor recovery accomplishments along the way. Every small win is worth recognizing! Our expert team will help you:

  • Acknowledge your child’s progress
  • Reinforce your child’s strengths to boost their confidence and increase their motivation
  • Celebrate your own journey through your child’s recovery process

You have questions.
REAL has expert answers.

Determining if there’s a problem is an essential first step. We can help you prepare for difficult conversations with your child about their possible (or current) substance use. If there IS a problem, we will guide you through the entire recovery process. 

No. While our course contains valuable information, there are other opportunities for learning and connecting throughout the site. Check out our Calendar of Events, Library of Resources, and Peer Community. Use our platform in the way that’s most helpful for you. You can return to the course anytime.

No. We understand that our members may want to access information in a nonlinear way. If your child needs immediate treatment, you may want to bypass the prevention module, at least for the time being. Feel free to engage in the lessons most applicable to your child’s current situation. Explore the course in a way that feels right for you.

You can take the course on your own timetable. The lessons can be reviewed in order and in their entirety, or individually in any order. Some are longer than others. If you feel like skipping a module or lesson altogether, you can always return to it anytime.

When it comes to substance use disorder, there are many unknowns. Recovery is a lifelong process and one that cannot be guaranteed. But evidence shows that addiction is a treatable disorder. Our platform will educate parents and family members on how to more effectively manage the challenges of recovery and help create a positive environment in which recovery can flourish.



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