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Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants,
and other drugs among adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and
teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Teen
drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect general health, physical growth,
emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to
substance use by:
You can recognize and deal with substance abuse in your teen by using the
If you think
your teen may be using substances, look for warning signs such as:
If you believe that
your teen has begun experimenting with alcohol or other substances:
Your teen may be
having difficulties in school, at home, with relationships, or with the law
related to substance use. These difficulties point to a substance abuse problem. If you think
your teen is using any substance, including alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, or
other drugs—regularly or daily—don't ignore it. This use is serious and should
not be denied or minimized. Frequent or regular use of a substance can quickly
lead to physical or psychological dependence—or dependency may have already
To help your teen:
July 20, 2012
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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