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Parents can spot teen drug use
and take steps to prevent it

 

PLYMOUTH, MINN. June 30, 2010 -- Parents need to face the fact that drugs are widely used among teens -- even theirs. Hazelden outlines what signs parents can look for and what steps they can take if they discover their teens are using drugs.

"Many teens suffer terrible consequences from drugs and alcohol simply by experimenting. Accidents, deaths, unintentional overdoses, sexual trauma, violence and legal issues are a few of these pitfalls." Joseph Lee, M.D.

Summer, with its promise of free time and relaxed adult supervision, can present prime opportunities for adolescents and teenagers to use alcohol or other drugs. Consider the facts:

These findings are from the most recent "Monitoring the Future" survey, an annual study of adolescent drug use sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. They underline the fact that drugs are widely used among teens today – a fact that parents need to face.

Psychiatrist Joseph Lee, M.D., adolescent addiction specialist at Hazelden's Center for Youth and Families says, "You don't have to be an addict to experience problems from substance use. Many teens suffer terrible consequences from drugs and alcohol simply by experimenting. Accidents, deaths, unintentional overdoses, sexual trauma, violence and legal issues are a few of these pitfalls."

Since adolescence often brings dramatic changes in a child's moods and behaviors, parents may have a difficult time spotting the signs of substance abuse. However, according to Hazelden, observing more than a few of the following signs means that it's time for a parent to take action:

The earlier a parent responds to such signs, the better. Lee offers the following guidelines:

Parents who want more information are encouraged to consult "Teen Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Knowing the Signs and What to Do About Them," a 23-minute video and DVD produced by Hazelden. Visit Hazelden's online bookstore or call 800-328-9000 for more on this video and other Hazelden educational resources.

About Hazelden

Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public advocacy, and publishing. Hazelden has facilities in Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Florida.

Hazelden is committed to protecting the privacy of people who participate in Hazelden programs and abides by all applicable federal and state laws that protect such confidentiality.

 
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