Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

Does My Teen Need a Therapist or a Substance Abuse Facility?

Dana Wagner, PsyD CADC
Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center
1819 Bay Scott Circle, Suite 109
Naperville, IL 60540
630.357.2456 ext. 34
dwagner@samaritancenter.org

Start by determining if use has been going on a short time or not. Do listen to your gut instincts. You know when your teen came home looking off and started spending too much time alone or with peers. Next, you need to know what substances are being used on a regular basis and which ones that have been tried a handful of times. Most, if not all teens will be reluctant to accurately tell you how much and how often they use. Shame and fear will minimize what is disclosed.

Drug testing is a good idea. Please consult someone on how to best do this, as teens are tricky and it’s an art and a science. A good addiction therapist can tell you how and where to do drug testing in your community. The longer your teen has been using and the frequency of use (not necessarily the type of substance) will indicate whether or not a substance abuse facility is needed.

Please know that it’s important to stay with the process, which may last a full year. Otherwise, you will be looking at repeated treatment services just to help facilitate a desire to stop using. Do have your teen evaluated for mental health problems so that issues like depression, anxiety and/or self esteem, do not create relapse situations that become long detours versus a bump in the road. Thanks for clicking on this link. If you are a parent facing this issue, please seek a professional who is good with teenagers and has a CADC (certification in alcohol and drug treatment).

DISCLAIMER:
Conversations with experts are intended for general information only, and are not meant to provide specific advice, diagnosis, and does not constitute professional care. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.