Is your child surrounded by peers who have engaged in substance abuse?
Is your child under a lot of stress at home and school?
Has your child been the victim of emotional, sexual, or physical abuse?
Does your child struggle with academic success?
Do you or a close loved one use drugs around your child?
Your child may be at risk for substance abuse. It’s not safe to assume that educating your child alone will protect them. They may need help from a professional to get on track. Pervasive, consistent messages to young people about drugs and alcohol can prevent substance abuse. The primary goal of prevention is to delay the first use of alcohol or other drugs. Research indicates that adolescents who begin drinking before age 14 are significantly more likely to experience alcohol dependence at some point in their lives compared to individuals who begin drinking after 21 years of age. In addition, youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience a number of negative consequences, such as physical or sexual assault, unintentional injuries, memory problems, legal problems, and impaired school performance.
If you think your child may be at risk for substance abuse, please contact us so we can help.