Q. What should I do if I think my child is using drugs?
Having the suspicion that a child is experimenting or using drugs can be emotional. Before having the conversation, talk to others in your identified support network, especially if they are involved in raising your child. For help on how to start this conversation, we encourage you to get in touch with us at RCADD.
RCADD offers an evidence-based program called “Teen Intervene” for youth between the ages of 12 and 19. Our goal is to focus on teens experiencing mild to moderate consequences from using drugs.
This program is a good fit for youth who are using drugs such as alcohol, marijunana and nicotine, who do not meet the criteria for substance use treatment, but are in need of an intervention to prevent the progression of substance use disorder. In light of the Vaping Crisis we are experiencing, this would be a wonderful addition to assist youth who have become addicted to this behavior.
RCADD also provides a free educational and support program for family members called HOPE. It is important for parents, caregivers and loved ones to have support, as well as receive more information on substance use disorders. This program will go over the signs and symptoms of substance use, explore avenues of support, and more.