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Addiction counselors embed in schools dealing with the opioid crisis

Sep 24, 2018 by

When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, she was often left alone until her sister got home from school.

“I remember mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn’t take care of me,” she said. “And so I was home a little child all by myself. My mom just wasn’t around at the time.”

Every day when her older sister Devon came home from elementary school, she made sure she and Maddy had something to eat.

Both parents struggle with heroin addiction and for several years the sisters moved in with different relatives and foster homes. Sarah Nadeau began fostering them, and last year she adopted them. Nadeau says both girls were anxious and depressed and had a hard time focusing in school — especially Maddy, who was exposed to drugs in utero.

“That makes it very difficult for her brain to settle down enough to do more than one task at a time,” Nadeau said. “And now she’s removed from the only home she knows and she’s got confidence, and trust and abandonment issues.”

Source: Addiction counselors embed in schools dealing with the opioid crisis

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