• Disclaimer

    We have pulled the best available concepts and evidence-based strategies. Keep in mind there is no “one size fits all” method for dealing with teens that have drug problems. Each family should trust their instincts and decide for themselves what is the best approach.

  • Why some teens use

    The reasons why teens use drugs vary person-to-person. Knowing what, in particular, your teen gets from using drugs provides clues about what could happen instead. The more you know about what’s going on with your teens, the more likely it is that you'll be able to help them explore healthier alternatives and keep them on track. Even more important, understanding your child’s behavior instead of just being upset about it can help them feel understood, which will make him more likely to collaborate on a plan for change.  

    To learn more about why some teens use drugs check out this short tip sheet, The Real Reasons Teens Use Drugs, written by developmental psychologist Diana Divecha, Ph.D.


    Signs to Watch For

    Figuring out if your child is using drugs can be challenging. Be aware of changes in your child’s behavior, such as carelessness with grooming, mood changes, and relationship problems with family members and friends. In addition, changes in grades, skipping school, lost interest in favorite activities, and changes in eating or sleeping habits could all be related to drug use. Many of the signs and symptoms are typical teen or young adult behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety.

    How to Spot the Signs of Teen or Young Adult Substance Use