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Looking for Help: Where Parents Can Turn When Their Teen Turns to Drugs

t's easy to feel overwhelmed with anger, fear, and guilt when you discover your teen is using drugs. And you may feel very alone. But there are many places that can help during this difficult time.

You can begin to build a support group by consulting a community professional such as a school counselor or nurse, family doctor, church leader, or even a coach or teacher. While your child won't necessarily make the final decision about treatment, he may feel comfortable talking to someone about the problem.

Talking to other parents can help, too. There are others who have experienced similar problems with their teens, and who have found solutions. Some communities have parent action groups or support groups for parents of teens with drug problems.

Here are some other places to find information and help:

  • www.theAntiDrug.com is the online service of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Get information and facts about drugs, talking to teens about drug use, and resources for treatment and help.
  • www.samhsa.gov - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is committed to improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for those with problems related to substance abuse and mental illness.
  • www.health.org - The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) has publications and resources on treatment for drug abuse.
Just for teens:
  • www.Freevibe.com is the online service of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. The site offers information, fact sheets, and games about drugs and drug use, and has a special section devoted to early intervention.
  • www.Checkyourself.org is the online service of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. It offers information, resources, quizzes, and videos about drug use and helps kids answer questions about their own drug use.