CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR ADOLESCENT
WHERE TO TURN IN TIMES OF IMMEDIATE NEED
If you are worried that someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and is in need of immediate assistance, please contact one of the following agencies for help:
Alternative Paths, Inc.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ADDICTION
Drug and alcohol use should not be considered "typical teen behavior." Looking for behavioral changes in your child can help you understand if there is cause for concern. Such behavioral changes may include:
Growing tension with family or friends
Avoiding eye contact
Breaking curfew or disappearing for lengths of time
Secretive phone use
Sudden increased appetite
Excessive use of over-the-counter eye drops to reduce redness or irritation
Unexplained lack of coordination
Unexplained dents and damage to vehicle
Sleeplessness or spurts of high energy
Looking for personality shifts and changes in appearance may also help you understand if there is cause for concern. Such mood and appearance changes may include:
Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even with the knowledge of negative consequences.
MENTAL HEALTH HELP
Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that can profoundly disrupt a persons' thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the daily demands of life.
Assistance for those in need of support, crisis intervention, and help promoting their rights.