Substance Abuse: Dealing With Teen Substance Use
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:
- Knowing the signs of substance use.
- Discussing substance use with your teen.
- Getting appropriate treatment if your teen has an abuse problem.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 20, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction