Any parent having concerns for an adolescent’s use of alcohol and drugs may call one of our outpatient offices to arrange an assessment. During the assessment parents are asked what their concerns are and whether they notice any unwelcome changes (.eg., declining grades, different group of friends, moodiness) in their child.
There’s a young person you know who needs help. Drinking or drug abuse has gotten out of control and his or her life is becoming a shambles. Attendance at school or work has become erratic. He or she seems sick or depressed. You wonder what happened to the young person you used to know.
Twenty years of addiction research has determined that successful treatment of an addicted person ideally includes the education of family members. Just as the disease of addiction causes dysfunctional behaviors in the addict, so too does it have psychological emotional and spiritual effects on family members.