These changes often signal that something harmful is going on—and often that involves alcohol or drugs. You may want to take your ado- lescent to the doctor and ask him or her about screening for drugs and alcohol. This may involve the health professional asking your ado- lescent a simple question, or it may involve a urine or blood drug screen. However, some of these signs also indicate there may be a deeper problem with depression, gang involvement, or suicide. Be on the watch for these signs so that you can spot trouble before it goes too far.
What can parents do?
Be aware if more than one of the listed red flags occur in your adolescent Communicate with school officials to find out if there are any changes in your adolescent’s behavior or performance at school Maintain an open, communicative environment with your adolescent Seek counseling early if substance abuse is occurring Provide a good role model in terms of the responsible use of substances Do not encourage or overlook use of substances such as alcohol by your adolescent or excuse it as an example of growing up
Talk with the School Counselor for assistance CHAD (Confidential Help for Alcohol & Drugs, Inc.)
Alcoholics Anonymous & Ala-teen & Al-Anon
Local Meeting Information
Prevention Network Reality Check
National Institute on Drug Abuse
New York State Smokers Quitline
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information www.ncadi.samhsa.gov