Frequently Asked Questions > Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse Prevention
- It's never too early to share how you feel about drugs and what your expectations are in terms of zero tolerance of drug use by your children. A study showed that 74% of 4th graders wished their parents would speak with them about drugs.
- Every family situation is different. Some children are experimenting with drugs as young as 8 and 9 years old. We suggest that a program of random drug testing is implemented by the age of 12.
- First of all, stay calm. You are in control and now have the proof that your child is using drugs. Our program manual teaches you how to respond to a positive test. We're with you every step of the way. Should your child need counseling or treatment, we have the resources to help you take the next steps.
- Some children may refuse to comply with taking a drug test. We address this issue in our program manual. As a last resort, we do offer parents a method to test their child without the child's knowledge.
- Each panel shows the positive or negative result for a particular drug or drug category. So you know at a glance which drug you have tested positive for if there is one red line on the test strip.
- Be on the look out for warning signs such as:
- Skipping school, a drop in grades, and changes in friends
- Changes in appearance, mood, behavior, or motivation
- Missing money, valuables, liquor or beer
- Discovery of smoking paraphernalia (e.g., pipes, papers, small containers, baggies, or short sections of drinking straws)
- Frequent unexplained colds, nausea, or watery or red eyes
- In addition to several of the warning signs of abuse listed for Teens, be observant of the following signs:
- Inability to remember what he or she said or did while under the influence of drugs or drinking
- Avoiding family or close friends while drinking
- Fails to keep prommises
- Depression or anxiety