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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 substance use.
  • Discussing substance use with your teen.
  • Getting appropriate treatment if your teen has an abuse problem.

what.gif What is teen substance use?
why.gif Why is it important to recognize and deal with teen substance use?
how.gif How to recognize and deal with teen substance abuse
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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last RevisedJuly 20, 2012

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Last Updated: July 20, 2012
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