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Edmond parents' experience inspires national parent's network

Vickie and Pat Nichols of Edmond turned the terrible experience they had helping their son battle his addictions into a national organization, Parents Helping Parents.
BY Charlotte Lankard Published: September 3, 2012
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Out of their frustrating and painful journey and the desire to turn the situation into something positive, the two began to talk openly about their experience. Soon other parents began to reach out to them and in 2001, they had their first group meeting and Parents Helping Parents was begun.

PHP is now a national nonprofit organization with two chapters in Oklahoma — Edmond and Norman.

Pat and Vickie will never forget the dark hours when they desperately needed help and did not know where to turn.

Because of that, Pat established a local crisis helpline, 642-8198, available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round, which averages 300 calls per year.

In the '90s, parents were not as informed and educated about recognizing and treating substance abuse.

It is now 2012, and if you are concerned, Parents Helping Parents is a place to begin.

The Nichols' son is now 35 and in recovery.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at clankard@opubco.com.


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