What should I do if I think my child/teen is using drugs or alcohol?

Q: What should I do if I think my child/teen is using drugs or alcohol?

A: If you suspect that your child or teen may be using drugs or alcohol, it's essential to approach the situation with care and understanding. Here are some steps you can take:

 

1. Initiate a Conversation: Find a quiet, private time to talk openly with your child without interruptions. Express your concerns in a non-judgmental manner and assure them that you are there to support them.

 

2. Listen: Allow your child to share their thoughts and feelings without interruption. Ask open-ended questions to understand their perspective and the reasons behind their substance use. Approach the conversation with empathy and patience.

 

3. Understand Underlying Issues: Recognize that substance use often stems from underlying issues or stressors. Try to identify any challenges your child may be facing that could be contributing to their behavior.

 

4. Set Clear Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries regarding substance use and explain the potential risks and consequences involved. Reassure your child that you are there to help them make healthier choices and encourage seeking professional support if necessary.

 

Remember, open communication, empathy, and support are key in addressing substance use concerns with your child or teen. If you need further guidance or assistance, our team is here to help you navigate through this challenging situation with care and understanding.

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