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  1. Teen Substance Abuse: Choosing a Treatment Program - Topic Overview

    The program you choose for your teen needs to view substance abuse as a primary disease and not as a symptom. Your teen needs to have a comprehensive evaluation to determine the level of substance use and the presence of psychiatric or medical conditions. If you need to place your teen in a treatment program,look for one that has the following components. Education: Treatment for teen ...

  2. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Is Your Teen Using Alcohol or Drugs?

    Sometimes it's difficult to tell if your teen is using alcohol or drugs. Parents may worry that their teens are involved with drugs or alcohol if they become withdrawn or negative, although these behaviors are common for teens going through challenging times. It is important not to accuse your teen unfairly and to try to discover why your teen's behavior has changed by telling him or her that you

  3. Methadone for Drug Abuse

    Drug details for Methadone.

  4. Teen Substance Abuse: Signs at Home - Topic Overview

    Your teen's behavior at home will most likely be affected if he or she is drinking alcohol or taking other drugs. The following are some questions to ask yourself if you suspect substance use in your teen: Has your teen recently developed a negative attitude and become less motivated toward activities such as sports or hobbies? Has he or she talked about suicide or running away? Does your teen ...

  5. Teen Substance Use: Making a Contract With Your Teen - Topic Overview

    Putting a plan for avoiding alcohol and substance use in writing will help your teen make good decisions in the future. Using the example below,have your teen help you write the contract. Teens feel more responsible for their actions when they are part of the rule-making process. The symbolism of signing a contract gives both parties a heightened sense of commitment to the process. We know ...

  6. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Prevention Strategies

    Teens who do not use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs are less likely to use them as adults. Efforts to prevent teen substance abuse should begin early in a child's life with drug education, encouragement of healthy behaviors, and good family communication. While teens are more likely to use alcohol or drugs if their parent does, parental attitudes towards substance use also influence teen ...

  7. Signs of Substance Use - Topic Overview

    The following are some obvious signs that a person may be smoking cigarettes,drinking alcohol,or using other substances. This is not a complete list of signs to look for. If you suspect a particular drug or drugs,get more information on signs of use for those substances. For more information,see Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Cigarettes A distinctive smell on the breath and clothing ...

  8. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about teen substance abuse:What is teen substance abuse?What substances are teens abusing?What are club drugs?What is ecstasy?What are inhalants?What are the signs of substance abuse?What increases a teen's risk for substance abuse?How does addiction develop?How is an abuse problem diagnosed?Preventing teen substance abuse:Can teen substance abuse be prevented?Getting treatment:Is ...

  9. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - When to See a Health Professional

    If you suspect that your teen is using alcohol or drugs, gather all the information you can before taking your teen to a health professional. This will help ensure an accurate diagnosis of your teen's involvement with substances. Health professionals who can diagnose and treat substance abuse problems include medical doctors (such as a general practitioner, pediatrician or psychiatrist), a ...

  10. Substance Abuse: Dealing With Teen Substance Use

    Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, and other drugs among adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Teen drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect general health, physical growth, emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to substance use by: Knowing the signs of ...

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