Bradley Hospital Parenting Guide: Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
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If you are concerned or worried, call a mental health professional for an assessment. Bradley Hospital is especially well qualified, with experts in children's mental and emotional health.
Do yourself and your children a favor by knowing the warning signs of drug and alcohol use and abuse. The best indicator is your own instinct. If things don't seem to add up, they probably don't.
If there is a recent change in any aspect of your child's life, such as school, relationships with friends or relatives, physical performance, overall health, or sleeping or eating patterns, you should probe further.
Teens sometimes need help but just feel like they can't talk to you. They may leave physical evidence, such as empty bottles under the bed or matches or drug paraphernalia in the open, because they subconsciously want a reaction from you.
Other warning signs include:
Prevention and early intervention