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Edmond parent support group develops app

Edmond’s Parents Helping Parents support group created an app to help people with addiction problems and their parents.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Modified: April 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014
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Getting the right help for a child involved in substance abuse can be a daunting and sometimes lonely challenge for parents. One group, which created an app, is out to make that task a bit less challenging.

Edmond’s Parents Helping Parents was founded by Pat and Vicki Nichols in 2001 after dealing with a son who suffered from addiction.

“We came into the situation blindsided,” Pat Nichols said. “There was no place for me to turn.”

The free app includes videos of parents sharing their stories. There are also links to state resources, Christian support groups and resources for grandparents. People other than relatives can also benefit.

“The app isn’t only for parents; it’s for those with addiction issues,” Nichols said. There are also links police and pastors can follow, he said.

People struggling with depression can find a suicide telephone help line.

The new technology also can keep people up-to-date on support group events.

The app was released a month ago, and Nichols said about 85 people signed up in the first few weeks.

School support

Nichols found a major ally in his quest to help parents and people with addictions. Fellow Edmond Rotary Club member David Goin was impressed with Nichols’ project. Goin is Edmond Public Schools superintendent, in charge of more than 23,000 students.

“He (Goin) appreciated what I was doing,” Nichols said.

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I tell people to reach out and find out what you’re dealing with. Get some help so it doesn’t continue to grow. If not, it can grow out of proportion and you become helpless.”

Pat Nichols,
Parents Helping Parents

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