100 Questions & Answers About Your Child`s Substance Abuse

100 Questions & Answers About Your Child`s Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse by children, adolescents, and young adults is a growing problem that can cause great distress within a family and threaten the child s development or even his or her life. If you are the parent, caregiver, or loved one of a child who is battling substance abuse problems, or if you suspect your child might have a problem, 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child s Substance Abuse can offer help. This book is an authoritative and user-friendly guide that will enhance your knowledge of this condition and answer your questions about causes, diagnosis, treatment options, and sources of support. This book is an invaluable resource for parents and family members coping with the danger, emotional turmoil, and uncertainty of drug and alcohol abuse.

Table of contents

Title......Page 2
Copyright......Page 3
Contents......Page 6
Introduction......Page 8
Part One: The Basics......Page 10
2. Is it normal for kids to try drugs?......Page 11
3. What is the recent data on adolescent drug use?......Page 12
4. How do I know if my child is using? What behaviors should I look for?......Page 13
6. I do not see any problems at all. Is there any chance that maybe my son is telling the truth when he says hes not using drugs?......Page 15
7. Is there any simple way to ask my daughter if she has a drug problem?......Page 16
8. Does drug use result from a defect in character?......Page 17
9. Is it okay if I want to keep my childs drug use a secret?......Page 18
10. What is self-medication?......Page 19
11. What are gateway drugs?......Page 20
12. Nobody gets addicted to marijuana, right?......Page 21
13. What are some street names for drugs?......Page 22
Part Two: Risk Factors......Page 24
14. What makes one end up as an abuser or dependent?......Page 25
15. How do you define/where do you draw the line between use, abuse, and dependency/addiction?......Page 26
16. Does my childs temperament play a role in his drug abuse?......Page 27
18. I have family members who have used drugs before but do not now. Can this play a role in my childs drug use?......Page 28
19. Should I look for other conditions in addition to drug problems?......Page 29
21. Is there a relationship between bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) and drug abuse?......Page 30
22. Do drugs cause problems with anger?......Page 31
24. Putting risks aside, are there any factors that can protect my child from substance abuse?......Page 32
25. Are there other characteristics that are likely to contribute to increased drug or alcohol use?......Page 33
26. Are the reasons for starting to use drugs the same as those that one has for continuing drug use?......Page 34
Part Three: Alcohol Abuse in Adolescents......Page 36
27. I often hear about adolescents who get alcohol poisoning because they drink too much at once. Is this a common occurrence?......Page 37
29. What is an acceptable pattern of drinking?......Page 38
30. What is binge drinking?......Page 39
31. What is the level of alcohol that is dangerous?......Page 40
32. What signs and symptoms should I look for to recognize alcohol poisoning? What should I do if I suspect my son of alcohol poisoning?......Page 41
33. I heard about the Amethyst Initiative. What is it?......Page 42
34. What preventive measures are effective to deal with underage drinking?......Page 43
Part Four: Steroid Use in Adolescents......Page 46
35. My son is into sports at school. What type of drugs might he encounter as an athlete?......Page 47
36. What is the usual dosage and period of time for which steroids are administered?......Page 48
38. What can parents do to prevent their son or daughter from becoming involved in steroid abuse?......Page 49
Part Five: Drug Abuse......Page 50
40. My friend gave her Xanax to her daughter to help with her anxiety. Is this safe?......Page 51
41. Why does prescription drug abuse seem to be such a problem nowadays?......Page 52
42. Who is more likely to abuse prescription drugs?......Page 53
43. What are scheduled drugs?......Page 54
45. What happens when someone abuses cough preparations?......Page 56
46. My friends daughter was seen huffing something at home. Should my friend be worried?......Page 57
47. What are the effects and dangers of club drugs?......Page 58
49. How is cocaine used?......Page 59
50. What are LSD and PCP?......Page 60
51. How is drug use related to other high-risk behaviors, like promiscuous sex?......Page 61
Part Six: Assessment and Diagnosis......Page 62
52. How is drug abuse diagnosed?......Page 63
53. What do you mean by tolerance and withdrawal, especially for children?......Page 64
54. Can you explain the 12-month period as part of a diagnosis?......Page 65
56. How is a drug abuse or dependence diagnosis made?......Page 66
57. Are any other tests involved in the drug abuse diagnosis process?......Page 67
59. Is drug abuse or dependence considered to be a brain disorder?......Page 69
60. What parts of the brain are affected?......Page 70
62. How is drug testing done?......Page 71
63. I heard that kids could do something to make the sample read negative. Is this true? How is this detected?......Page 73
64. How long do drugs stay in the body? Is it true that marijuana stays in the body for about a month?......Page 74
66. Can I use an over-the-counter screening kit?......Page 76
68. How will I know if the drug test results are accurate?......Page 77
70. What about alcohol strips? Can these be useful?......Page 78
Part Seven: Treatment......Page 80
71. Does drug treatment really work?......Page 81
72. What is the goal of treating my son?......Page 82
73. What are the features of treatment facilities that I should look for?......Page 83
75. Are there other things issues that should be addressed?......Page 84
76. How do I know how much treatment my child needs?......Page 85
77. What is a day program?......Page 86
79. How many adolescents have been treated in hospitals?......Page 87
80. When should we consider residential programs for our daughter?......Page 89
81. Ive heard about 12-steps programs. Are they for adults only?......Page 92
82. Have the 12 steps been studied in adolescents?......Page 94
84. How can I be a part of my childs treatment?......Page 95
86. What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?......Page 97
88. What is a harm-reduction approach?......Page 98
90. What is Motivational Enhancement Therapy?......Page 99
91. I am opposed to medications. When should I consider medication for my child?......Page 100
92. Are stimulants considered drugs?......Page 102
93. I have heard that Subutex (buprenorphine) is used to treat heroin addiction. Does this method work?......Page 103
96. How long will my child stay on medication? How long should my child be in treatment?......Page 104
97. What are the common side effects of medications?......Page 107
98. Is my son at risk for suicide while taking antidepressants?......Page 109
99. My son refuses to go into treatment. What should I do?......Page 111
100. I have used drugs before and Im using them again; Im at a loss about what to do. Where can I get help?......Page 112
Appendix A: Resources......Page 114
Appendix B: Further Reading......Page 118
Glossary......Page 126
Index......Page 130

Details

  • Author: Romulo Aromin
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • ISBN-10: 0763779814
  • ISBN-13: 9780763779818
  • Pages: 137
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 2.6M
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