SURVIVE YOUR CHILD’S ADDICTION – 20 STEPS TO FREEDOM
E-COURSE TABLE OF CONTENTS

DAY ONE:   INTRODUCTIONS & GETTING STARTED

  • WELCOME – Why is this so damn hard? Text & Video - 7 minutes
  • Introduce yourself in comments & insert photo if desired - 10 minutes
  • Watch This Video
  • Download Your Personal Action Plan Book- 5 minutes
  • Course completion plan - Review & calendar - 5 minutes
  • Other Course Tips
  • Terminology
  • About the Author

 

DAY TWO: STEP 1: ASSESS CORE QUESTIONS: WHAT IS ENABLING & IS ADDICTION A CHOICE?

  • Video - Co-Dependency & Enabling
  • Is YOUR Life Working?
  • It IS Possible to Get Your Own Life Back.
  • Is Addiction a Choice, a Medical Condition or Something Else?

 

DAY THREE: STEP 2: KEEP THEM ALIVE: MINIMIZE THE RISK OF OVERDOSE

  • Video: Keep Them Alive: Minimize the Risk of Overdose
  • Naloxone (Commercial Name Narcan®)
  • Fentanyl Test Strips
  • Good Samaritan Laws and Drug-Induced Homicide Laws
  • Discard or Secure Medication in Your Home
  • Reducing Other Risks Associated with Drug Use-While Keeping Perspective
  • Be Aware of the Times when Risk of Overdose is Highest
  • Support Harm Reduction Policies
  • Report: 9 Ways to Minimize the Risk of Overdose

 

DAY FOUR: STEP 3: DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF THE ISSUE

  • Video - Determine the Severity of the Issue
  • Definition of Addiction
  • Will Drug Use Lead to Addiction?
  • What Causes Addiction?
  • What Are the Signs of Addiction?
  • Addiction Checklist
  • Checklist for Completion by Concerned Third Party
  • What Do You Do If You Suspect Addiction Issues?

 

DAY FIVE: STEP 4: CONSIDER THIS WHEN YOUR MINOR CHILD HAS A SUBSTANCE USE ISSUE

  • Video - Consider This When Your Minor Child Has a Substance Use Issue
  • When Your Minor Child Has a Substance Use Issue
  • Sober High Schools
  • Prescription Drug Use in Teens
  • Access to Information Regarding Your Minor Child

 

DAY SIX: STEP 5: UNDERSTAND TYPES OF DRUGS - WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH?

  • Video - Understand Types of Drugs - What Are We Dealing With?
  • Drug of Choice
  • Drug Categories, Symptoms of Use and Risk Factors
  • Detox Considerations
  • Street Names for Drugs
  • DEA Drug Schedule Classifications
  • Resources to Aid in Identifying a Drug

 

DAY SEVEN: STEP 6: LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG TESTING & MAKE DECISIONS

  • Video - Learn the Truth About Drug Testing & Make Decisions
  • Types of Tests
  • Paruresis
  • Pros & Cons of Testing

 

DAY EIGHT: STEP 7: RESOLVE HOUSING ISSUES

  • Video - Resolve Housing Issues
  • Negotiating a Contract
  • Sample Contract for a Minor Child
  • Sample Contract for an Adult Child
  • Sober Housing - Benefits & Challenges

 

DAY NINE: STEP 8: PROTECT THE GRANDCHILDREN

  • Video - Protect the Grandchildren
  • Statistics
  • Should I Raise My Grandchildren?
  • If You Decide to Raise Your Grandchildren
  • Informal Structures
  • Legal Structures for Placement/Access
  • If the Parent is Able to Step Back Into the Role
  • Grandparent’s Legal Rights and Legal Assistance
  • Programs For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Resources
  • Sample Power of Attorney For a Single Parent
  • Sample Power of Attorney For Two Parents

 

DAY TEN: STEP 9: GET AGREEMENT TO ACCEPT TREATMENT OR OTHER HELP

  • Video - Get Agreement To Accept Treatment or Other Help
  • Diplomacy, Leverage & Other Strategies
  • Written Agreements
  • Legal Mandates – Involuntary Commitment
  • Intervention
  • E-Mails with Amy – Getting Agreement To Treatment or Other Help

 

DAY ELEVEN: STEP 10: ASSESS TREATMENT SETTINGS

  • Video - Assess Treatment Settings
  • What Type of Treatment is Needed?
  • Local & Online Meetings & Other Self-Help Options
  • Treatment with Psychiatrist, Physician or Other
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Wilderness & Boot Camps
  • Drug Court
  • Aftercare

 

DAY TWELVE: STEP 11: COMPARE TREATMENT PHILOSOPHIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Video - Compare Treatment Philosophies and Programs
  • Could Traditional Treatment Philosophies be Wrong?
  • Addiction and the Medical Community
  • Funding Inequities Impacting Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis - Addiction Combined With Other Medical Issues
  • Change is Coming - Expansion of Treatment Options
  • Principles of Treatment
  • 12 Steps
  • Alternatives to 12 Step Programs

 

DAY THIRTEEN: STEP 12: CONSIDER TREATMENT WITH MEDICATIONS

  • Video - Consider Treatment With Medications
  • Why Medication-Assisted Treatment is So Important
  • How Medications in Treatment Work and Types of Medications Used
  • Cost and Insurance Coverage
  • Myths About Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Challenges with MAT & the Criminal Justice System
  • MAT and Employment Issues
  • Ibogaine, Kratom & Cannabis

 

DAY FOURTEEN: STEP 13: FIND APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL HELP

  • Video - Find Appropriate Professional Help
  • Overview of Considerations
  • Checklist for Selecting a Treatment Provider
  • Resources for Locating a Treatment Center

 

DAY FIFTEEN: STEP 14: DETERMINE WAYS TO PAY FOR TREATMENT

  • Video - Determine Ways to Pay for Treatment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Government Benefits
  • Free/Low Cost Treatment Options
  • U.S. Tax Benefits & How to Claim Them

 

DAY SIXTEEN: STEP 15: PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY

  • Video - Protect Your Financial Security
  • How much to help
  • What NEVER to pay for
  • What to consider paying for
  • Considerations in Regard to Car Titling and Insurance
  • Civil Forfeiture

 

DAY SEVENTEEN: STEP 16: IMPLEMENT ESTATE PLANNING

  • Video - Implement Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Considerations for Parents
  • Estate Planning Considerations for an Adult Child
  • Sample Financial Power of Attorney for an Adult Child
  • Sample HIPAA release and authorization
  • Sample Authorization for Release of Information

 

DAY EIGHTEEN: STEP 17: MAINTAIN THE BOND: FAMILY & PERSONAL EMOTIONS & SHARING INFO

  • Video - Maintain The Family Bond: Family Dynamics Impacted By Addiction
  • Impact on Marriage
  • Impact on Other Family Members
  • Human Needs & Addiction
  • Family Programs and Other Coping Techniques
  • Finally in Recovery, but STILL hard to be around?
  • Is What I'm Doing Based on Love or Fear'
  • What Information Should be Shared?

 

DAY NINETEEN: STEP 18: SURVIVE RELAPSE

  • Video - Survive Relapse
  • Relapse

 

DAY TWENTY: STEP 19: UNDERSTAND THE CRIMINAL QUAGMIRE

  • Video - Understanding The Criminal Quagmire
  • Does the Punitive Approach Work?
  • The Power of the Prosecutor
  • Considerations Upon Arrest
  • The Basics of Criminal Law
  • Driver’s License Challenges
  • Legal Representation
  • Felony Convictions & What They Mean
  • Probation & Loss of Civil Liberties
  • History of the War on Drugs & Treatment
  • What's Working

 

DAY TWENTY-ONE: STEP 20: MAKE PARENTING DECISIONS WHEN YOUR CHILD IS INCARCERATED

  • Video - Make Parenting Decisions When your Child Is Incarcerated
  • 6 Things to Consider If Your Child Goes to Jail
  • Jail vs. Prison
  • Punishment for Profit: Private Prisons
  • Maintaining Contact With an Incarcerated Child and video Visitation
  • Should We Contribute to Canteen & Other Costs?
  • Health Care When in Jail or Prison
  • Considerations Upon Release
  • Personal Comments
  • [Video] - A Mother's Perspective on the War on Drugs
  • Resources and Support

 

REFLECTIONS

  • Video - Reflections

 

IMPLEMENT YOUR PERSONAL PLAN

  • Congratulations and next steps
  • Complete Your Personal Plan Book

 

SUPPORT AND RESOURCES 

  • Downloadable Documents
  • Treatment Providers and Medical Professionals Specializing in Addiction
  • Treatment Center Locators
  • Sober High Schools an University Programs that Support Recovery
  • Groups and Organizations
  • Sober Living Houses
  • Organizations Advocating Reform
  • Counselors & Other Providers
  • Resources for Grandparents
  • Recommended Websites, Books, Videos and Movies

 

 

 

 

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