State of Addiction: Local organization offers help to children battling opioid addiction

State of Addiction: Local organization offers help to children battling opioid addiction


TE OF ADDICTION. CRYSTA OPIOID ABUSE AND ADDICTION IS A PROBLEM IMPACTING HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN ACROSS THE STATE. AND SOME OF THE KIDS FALLING VICTIM ARE NOT EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO GO TO SCHOOL. IT IS A DANGEROUS EPIDEMIC IMPACTING MORE AND MORE YOUNG , PEOPLE. AND EXPERTS SAY EASY ACCESS COULD BE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY.>>ONCE IT STARTS, SOMETIMES IT PROGRESSES THROUGH TEENAGE YEARS AND ADULT YEARS, WHERE IT BECOMES A HUGE PROBLEM. CRYSTAL: IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING, THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, A CHANCE TO CHANGE, IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA CITY, OFFERS FAMILIES HELP.>>MY YOUNGEST CLIENT HAS BEEN A THREE YEARS OLD. CRYSTAL: ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR IONA CUNNINGHAM SAYS THEY USE STATE OF THE ART THERAPY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP COPING SKILLS SO THEY CAN FIGHT THEIR ADDICTION LONG BEFORE THEY GO INTO ADULTHOOD. THAT THREE-YEAR-OLD WAS GIVEN THE DRUGS BY HER PARENTS BUT THANKS TO A CHANCE TO CHANGE, THEY WERE ABLE TO GET HELP.>>IF YOU CAN GET THEM AT A YOUNG AGE THEY HAVE HIGHER

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