I’m so proud that today’s parents, when concerned about their child’s substance abuse, have courage to take action and start early intervention. I don’t know if I could have done this myself given the strong sense of denial I was in. But then again, the drug epidemic we have today was not publicized when my kids were in their teens. Had there been a documentary like Pathway to Prevention’s Collision Course, Teen Addiction Epidemic, maybe I would have been paying attention more.
I recently heard some heartfelt testimonials at a fundraiser event for an adolescent treatment center. To witness recovery through individual achievements as was presented at the event was truly miraculous. How wonderful this community has options for parents who seek help for their children and family. And the bright future for these young people brought tears to my eyes.
Recovery takes dedicated team work and money to support its professionals, operating and infrastructure costs to that end. Generous donations, sponsors and private funding as well as volunteers in service by individuals continue to be the backbone of many non-profits. Now that we have more places that offer treatment, how much is this going to cost? Parents are often shocked at the costs associated with recovery treatment. As noted by Dad on Fire, in his blog post “Insurance Woes for Addiction treatment”, it seems “there isn’t a shortage of treatment centers but a shortage of dollars to provide for the care.”
One thing is certain: left untreated, addiction costs are far more costly and damaging than any prevention measure. Every little bit we can do on education, prevention and treatment will make a difference, because early intervention really does help.