Teens Addiction QuestionsI just found out my son/daughter is taking drugs.This is difficult. There is that sense of urgency and panic. Maybe you have discovered some pot in your child’s sock drawer, or perhaps they have displayed the signs and symptoms of drug use.
Your inclination is to confront them and put a stop to it, but the likely outcome of that is going to be a huge argument and hurt feelings.It is necessary to stop the drug abuse. It’s serious business, so we strongly encourage you to seek professional help. Because your child is involved, there is an emotional attachment that all too often gets in the way of a practical solution to the problem. Take a deep breath and get some help. Pick up the phone and call groups like Alanon or Alateen for their guidance. These organizations will give you solid information, support and help you plan the best course of action.If your child has been using, you may consider an intervention. Teens seldom admit that they have a problem, or even the potential for a problem, and therefore it is necessary to take steps to help. Their state of denial is strong. You need help to deal with that component of the problem. A drug interventionist will help you bring the problem into the open and formulate a strategy for helping your teen.Don’t be the Lone Ranger and think you can handle by yourself. Call for help. Contact groups, or the local addiction treatment center, also call your physician. But don’t try to handle this on your own. The stakes are too high.
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