Rewired Radio with Erica Spiegelman

Power of Parenting in Recovery

July 25, 201627 min
Millions of mothers and fathers watch their sons and daughters struggle with drug and alcohol dependency.Addiction impacts one in three households in America, which means millions of mothers and fathers have watched their sons and daughters struggle with drug and alcohol dependency. Deborah Smith's 2002 car accident affected not only her own life, but the life of her teenaged son Steven, who began experimenting with the powerful painkillers prescribed to his mother. Steven’s experimentation soon turned into a heroin addiction that he battled for years. Deborah discusses how she and her husband Joseph recognized the red flags in Steven’s behavior, as well as the role that they played as parents in making sure that Steven received the treatment and support he needed to put himself on the path to recovery. Deborah also explains how their experience shaped the development of Saferlock, a tool that families can use to deter addiction to prescription drugs.

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