CONSIDERING WHETHER PARENTS SHOULD CALL THE COPS OVER AN OPIOID-ADDICTED CHILD
- December 14, 2018
Imagine the horror of discovering that your son or daughter has become addicted to opioids, another entry into the ever-growing and ever ravenous epidemic called the Opioid Crisis. At first, you would probably respond with a mixture of sadness and anger, which would quickly stem into frustration. Nevertheless, you must remember one thing. As much as parents want to ensure their children are safe from such a problem, ultimately, the fact that their child has fallen victim to opioids is not their fault. So, on that note, how do you help your child? Do you get them the treatment they need at rehab? Do you hold an intervention to force them to go? Do you call the police? As strange as that last question sounds, this was an all-too real situation for a Maryland mother, whose love turned into sheer desperation. Would you do the same? Let’s take a closer look and find out whether parents should call the cops over a child who is addicted to opioids.
Planting Pills on the Passenger
As the Opioid Crisis continues to wreak havoc across our streets, many parents are turning to law enforcement officials to intervene in their children’s addictive behavior. In the most extreme situations, mothers and fathers are calling the cops to arrest their kids in a desperate attempt to prevent a fatal overdose.
Though harsh on the surface, this is yet another piece of evidence proving effectiveness of tough love. At least, that is the opinion of Romas Buivydas (vice president of clinical services at Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.). As he puts it, in the most extreme cases, children are more likely to learn from a terrifying night in jail than an intervention program.
To Imprison or Not to Imprison?
Ultimately, some of you might say, “I could never do that to my child. I love them too much to scare them like this.” That is an understandable statement, but addiction clinicians argue that this form of “tough love” is more effective than you would think. Deni Carise (chief clinical officer at Recovery Centers of America explains that most parents who do this are dedicated to preventing their children from dying, first and foremost. Sometimes, to help your child, the fear factor must be turned up a notch.
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