Chances are, you or someone close to you is dealing with teen drug or alcohol abuse in your home. This blog is for people who need to figure out quickly what the substance abuse problem is and how and where to get the right help.

Teen and young adult substance abuse statistics continue to increase, in part because substances are readily available or easy to conceal, and in the case of marijuana, growing legalization has reduced the stigma of smoking or eating it. If your loved one is struggling with substance abuse or behavioral issues that are making life difficult for the entire family, then this blog will deliver “best-in-class” resources that we have identified to help you make quick, informed decisions about next steps.

Getting Fast, Reliable Information

Families need access to everything from assessment tools and programs, to substance abuse therapists and glossaries and other education to help them identify the problems and the best places and people to turn to for help — particularly before law enforcement directs them, or before another incident occurs that could jeopardize a life or livelihood.

Best Options for Getting Back on Track

Knowledge and empathy help pave a road to healthy behaviors. Photo: Shutterfly

Loved ones also need to develop informed opinions about the best type of treatment and treatment alternatives in their area before spending large out-of-pocket sums that could be the wrong path. They need a place to turn for straight talk, best practices in diagnosis and treatment, and program options both treatment and sustainable recovery that include financial assistance tips. It’s hard, often terrifying, to navigate a substance abuse issue. It often starts with hearsay or Google searched web sites leading to multiple sources of information or statistics, or leading to specific program web sites that promote only that program, which might or might not be appropriate for an individual’s diagnosis.

Let’s Be Candid

Recovery for young people does not necessarily equal long term sobriety, unless they are addicts and have admitted it to themselves; however, sobriety is a necessary and helpful first step toward a healthier, more productive life. Each circumstance is different. The sooner parents understand that teens don’t want to be labeled or judged as addicts or alcoholics, and the sooner parents can help their children and set boundaries for certain behaviors, the sooner everyone can start to heal and truly recover.