I am concerned my teenage son has a drug problem. What should I do?

If you are concerned about your teen's drug or alcohol use, then it is time to take action. You can never be too safe or intervene too early. Casual or experimental drug use can quickly turn into drug abuse, dependence or addiction and can lead to accidents, legal trouble, and serious health issues. The abuse of drugs or alcohol does not mean that someone is addicted. However, if your child is abusing any drug, you want them to stop. There are certain drugs that are considered highly addictive such as opiates (oxycontin, vicodin and heroin) and stimulants.

Start by having a conversation with them to express your concern. The purpose is to address their drug or alcohol problem and lead them to help if needed. Just making it clear that you don't want them drinking or using drugs is an accomplishment.

For more information on how to structure the conversation, next steps or to look for the signs and symptoms of drug use review or download an Intervention eBook from the PartnershipTM for Drug-Free Kids.