ERIC Number: ED442901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Early Intervention: How Parents Can Help Adolescent Children Who May Be Using Drugs.
Franklin, Diane, Ed.; Bankston, Karen, Ed.
The earlier a parent can detect and respond to a child's involvement with alcohol and other drugs (AOD), the better. Just as early detection heightens the cure rate for cancer, so too does early intervention increase the chances of ending AOD use. This booklet outlines warning signs of AOD use and lists the hazards of adolescent drug use. Suggestions are given on how to respond to evidence that the child is using AOD. Even though the parent should be supportive, it is important to allow the child to face the natural or logical consequences of misuse or abuse of substances. It is important in the early intervention process to stay close to the child through monitoring. The booklet also includes ideas about where to turn for help and resources to help both parent and child. A comprehensive assessment, such as those provided by the University of Wisconsin's Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Abuse Intervention, can help parents understand the extent of the child's AOD involvement. Parents and their children should understand that the road to recovery is not a smooth one, but that they do not have to travel it alone. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources, 1552 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 ($5.99, plus $1.25 postage). Tel: 800-322-1468; Web site: www.wiclearinghouse.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Family Services, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources.
Note: From "Who's Raising the Family?" one of a series published by Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources.