What do I do if my adolescent is
already experimenting with alcohol drugs or I am
recognizing warning signs??
DO NOT PANIC!! Having an angry reaction,
being threatening or too intense can shut down
any communication you may be able to have with
your teen. Shaming a teen for a behavior
only lowers their self-esteem and increases the
chances they will use again.
Look at criteria/signs and symptoms
and see where your student's usage fits in.
If your student is in an "experimental
phase" of substance use, some education may be
al that is needed. Get support from professionals
and community resources if you need help. Make
sure that you set up appropriate consequences and
follow through if their using behavior continues
(i.e. I need you to know that if you chose to continue
with this behavior, you will make the choice that
you need treatment).
If you feel your student is in a
substance abuse phase (use is affecting functioning
in important life areas), seek help.
September 2, 2011
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