The war against drug abuse has been fought for over thirty years in UK. This "war" is a mindset. Current practice in UK sees addicted young people being maintained on the same drug that they are addicted to with no mention of Abstinence. Drug abuse costs Scotland £3.5 billion a year and the stark reality is that we have failed.
A new group, INVOLVED, aims to call co-dependent Scottish parents to become involved in their children's treatment towards ABSTINENCE. Parents are able to tell the truth about their home situation. Addicted people are inveterate liars and frenzied manipulators and their treatment will be based on the story they tell their counsellor.
Parents are a powerful force, an invaluable source of information and they will be a strong power at the election stations. Apart from a few counselling sessions, parents receive no help in coping with the insecurity, violence and instability of drug abuse at home.
Parents are able to help both their child and themselves and there ought to be at least one parent in every anti-drug group.
Perhaps my first sign of awareness is that I now realise that I have spent most of my effort over twenty years by supporting my child's weakness with my strength, money and love.
I convey the message from my heart to parents from all over the world- "take courage and move into your rightful place for your children's sake".