Introducing the Family Resource Center – Trusted Substance Use Resources For Parents and Caregivers
Imagine exiting a subway car in a different country. You step off onto the platform and realize that the stop was not the one at which you meant to get off. Your cell phone is dead and there are no more people on the platform. You find a map on the wall but it’s in a different language. You don’t know how to get back on the subway, and even if you did, you wouldn’t know which direction to go. With no one around you, you feel completely alone and unsure of what to do next. Where do you go from here?
Finding Sources You Can Trust
If you are a parent or caregiver dealing with a child who is struggling with substance abuse, the subway station scenario may seem quite similar to what you are going through. Finding the path to help your family navigate adolescent substance use can seem exhausting and sometimes discouraging when there seems to be no clear direction toward a solution. This overwhelming feeling may seem especially familiar when families and parents search for addiction resources on the internet, as there are many sources that are inaccurate, and even dangerous.
Developing the Family Resource Center Website
Even with emerging scientific advancements that now make it possible to prevent substance abuse from starting, to intervene early and stop emerging substance abuse, and to effectively treat even serious addictions using new medications and therapies, the task of sorting through information on drug abuse over the internet can deter people from taking action regarding substance use issues. Much of the feedback we have heard from focus groups and parent-led discussions emphasized the fact that families don’t know what information to trust. When facing what can often be a crisis situation, parents feel overwhelmed, wishing they could count on what they read online.
We at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) recognized this burden and wanted to do something about it. That’s when we created the Family Resource Center – an online website that contains the best and most accurate resources for parents fighting addiction, from the most reputable sources in the field. Our focus was to alleviate the stress of searching for trustworthy information related to substance use so that families can be one step closer to finding a solution for a better outcome.
Who Are We?
Putting families at the forefront of our research efforts has always been a priority at TRI, especially through the Parents Translational Research Center (PTRC). Funded in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the PTRC is one of the first translational research centers of its kind devoted to research and development of practical tools for parents and other caregivers confronting issues of drug or alcohol use by their adolescent or young adult. Many of the resources were created in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, a nationally recognized non-profit focused on providing information and support to families dealing with substance use issues, and are also found on the website.
The Family Resource Center is meant to provide parents and families coping with substance use problems with access to credible sources they can trust. If you are looking to find a solution for your adolescent or young adult, the Family Resource Center can be a starting point for your family. Don’t give up. There is hope.