Does your friend have a drug or drinking problem?
Signs and Symptoms:
Does your friend have a drug or drinking problem? If your friend does one or more of the following, chances are there is a problem:
*She is using regularly and has to use drugs or alchol to have a good time or cope with everyday life.
*He starts hanging out with new friends who will do drugs with him or who can score drugs for him.
*She shows up at school drunk or high or has skipped class to use.
*He's broken plans with you, or showed up late, because he was getting high or drunk.
* She shows little or drops out altogether from activities once enjoyed, like sports or music.
*He uses drugs or drinks when he is alone.
*She has driven a car whiel high or drunk, or has ridden with someone else who was high or drunk.
*He borrows money from you to buy drugs or alcohol, or asks you to hold drugs for him.
*You feel like you must babysit her when she is high or drunk to keep from doings thing she migh regret, like having sex or getting into a fight with her parents.
*He's having difficulty with family relationships and letting his family and friends down.
And if you see yourself doing some of these things, you may want to evaluate your own relationship with drugs and alcohol by going to www.checkyourself.org.
WHERE TO GET HELP
For more information on drugs and addiction and for advice on hot to talk to your friends about their drug and alcohol use, go to www.freevibe.com.
For more information or to talk to a specialist who can refer your friend to help, call 1-800-788-2800 or go to www.health.org.
For science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body, go to www.teens.drugabuse.gov.
If you are concerned about your own drug or alcohol use, go to www.checkyourself.org.
For information about underage drinking and alcohol problems, go to www.thecoolspot.gov.
The above taken from STEP UP - A Guide For Teens
Additional helpful websites for Teens:
It Can't Happen to Me: Drug Enforcement Agency Home Page: www.justthinktwice.com
Resources for Students and Teachers backtoschool.drugabuse.gov
Information on Underage Drinking www.StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov
Neuroscience for Kids: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/baw.html Check out the Activity a Day for Kids (elementary aged through middle school).
Brainfacts.org - Click on tab for "Diseases and Disorders" and learn about Addiction and the brain: Marijuana; cocaine; alcohol
Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs Awareness http://taylorhooton.org/llbtraining/