What to do if you think your child has a problem with substance abuse

  1. Get help now, don’t wait and hope it resolves itself…addiction treatment has more success when early recognition and response takes place.

  2. Have your child evaluated by a Substance Abuse Professional. Found out if in-patient or out-patient treatment is best for your child’s needs.

  3. Cooperate with and complete the treatment plan your provider outlines. These issues are tough. It is easy to become an enabler to your child’s resistance. Stand firm.

  4. Drug test regularly. Screening is not only the most helpful tool in knowing the facts, but can serve as a deterrent and a great “excuse” for your kids to say “no” in peer-pressured situations.
    • Let Conspire! help you understand your screening needs and outcomes.

  5. Make sure your child’s physician is aware of the substance use in order to avoid drug interactions that could cause serious side-effects.

  6. Brace yourself for excuses, explanations and flawed reasoning your child presents for why, how, when and where the drug or alcohol use is occurring. Trust your instincts when something doesn’t add up. Remain vigilant and call our staff for support if you need questions answered.

  7. Consequences happen. The best thing you can do is help your child accept them as learning opportunities. Trying to wriggle out of them harms your child’s progress and success.

  8. Communicate with your child’s friends, friend’s parents, school staff, youth group, sports, club, neighbors, family members or anyone else in your support network that can help assist with prevention, education and accountability for your child and his/her peers.

  9. Continue to educate yourself on latest trends, substances, fads & techniques. Remain watchful for signs and symptoms of any form of substance abuse. Take immediate action if evidence of usage presents itself.

  10. Schedule an Intention Prevention event for your school, club, class, youth group or any community support group that can spread messages of prevention and intervention for young people. Use your experience to be a part of the solution and build a network of awareness in your community.

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