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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Meth Addiction Breaking Families Apart

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With the ever growing opioid crisis in America and the growing acceptance of marijuana, hardly anyone seems to be talking about any other drugs. Unfortunately, press relevance has little to do with reality and many people are still abusing the other addictive narcotics out there - methamphetamine is one of those drugs. North Dakota has seen a boom of natural gas production and with it a rise of meth use which is breaking families apart, The Bismarck Tribune reports.

Methamphetamine addiction is an insidious problem which usually requires treatment to overcome. Many families are being destroyed in the southwestern region of North Dakota; child protective services has had to remove a number of children from their homes due to their parents' addiction, according to the article. Sadly, losing one’s children is often times not an incentive to recover, says Jan Kuhn, clinical director and addiction counselor at Sacajawea Substance Abuse Counseling.

As of June 30th, parental substance abuse resulted in 59 children from nine of the southwest North Dakota counties being sent to foster care. As much as 40% of children in foster care in those counties can be tied to parental meth use, according to LuWanna Lawrence, a spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services.

"The need (for addiction counseling) here is so great here for pregnant mothers" said Kuhn. "It's a really sad drug." 

There are some mothers who are fighting their addiction and want to regain custody. Kuhn cites two cases, mothers who are doing well in addiction treatment.

"They want their children, want their families," she said.

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