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Substance Abuse: Dealing With Teen Substance Use

Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, and other drugs in adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect your child's general health. They can also affect physical growth, emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to substance use by:

  • Knowing the signs of substance use.
  • Discussing substance use with your teen.
  • Getting the right treatment if your teen has an abuse problem.

how.gif  How to recognize and deal with teen substance abuse

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Current as ofApril 24, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 24, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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