How to Help if They’re Using

Is your child using drugs or drinking? Whether she’s a teenager or a young adult, drinking alcohol, smoking pot or using other drugs, it’s important to take action right away. Here are tips on how to step in and help.

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  • If You Catch Your Teen Smoking Pot

    If you catch your teen and his friends smoking pot, first, don’t panic. You’ll handle the situation most effectively if you can remain calm. Then, says Phillippe Cunningham, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Medical University of South Carolina.

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  • If Your Child is Using: How to Step In and Help

    Intervention is not always a formal process involving drug counselors and group confrontation. Substance abuse treatment can actually start right at the kitchen table with a conversation. Here are 10 steps you can take right now if your child is using drugs:

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  • If You Think They’re Using: Drug Abuse in Teens 13-18

    If you're at all concerned that your teenager is using drugs or alcohol, take action right now to help your child get back on track to a healthy life.

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  • If You Think They’re Using: Young Adults 19-25

    The most important step you can take in addiction intervention for an adult is to speak up and urge him or her to get help. This is especially crucial if you notice any of the early signs of alcohol or drug dependence, like excessive use and/or drinking at inappropriate times or places (e.g., during work or while playing sports), or if they have suffered negative consequences as a result of use, such as absenteeism from classes or work, or arrests.

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