Family members who are helping loved ones suffering substance use disorders face their own difficulties with stress and exhaustion. IBH Vice President Caroline DuPont, MD recently wrote about steps they can take to care for themselves while caring for others in a blog post featured on the Addiction Policy Forum website. The importance of self-care cannot be overstated, as it ultimately benefits both the family member and the loved one they are seeking to help. As Dr. DuPont notes in her post, you must “put on your own oxygen mask first before helping another”.
Check out this new video for kids, “Addiction & the Brain,” to learn how repeated substance misuse can hijack the brain, and why it is so important to delay use until the brain has reached maturity. From the Addiction Policy Forum and Prevention Action Alliance.
IBH President Robert L. DuPont, MD and IBH Vice President Caroline DuPont, MD are honored to serve on the Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance and direction for research and scientific programs. APF is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Read more.