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By Dick Schaefer

Alcohol and different drug use between young children is epidemic. childrens as younger as grade-school age are experimenting with mood-altering elements. One out of each 4 highschool scholars drink to extra once they drink. Many young ones are abusing alcohol and different drugs--and many will die upfront in the event that they do not get support. offerings & results tells you exactly how one can aid. Written for fogeys, academics, relations medical professionals, psychological future health execs, tuition assistance counselors, social staff, juvenile justice employees, clergy, and an individual else who cares approximately little ones, it describes a step by step method known as intervention for you to use to forestall a teenager's damaging involvement with chemical substances. if you are apprehensive approximately childrens and alcohol or different medications, you are able to do anything. and you may begin this present day.

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During this stage, the person starts paying a price for alcohol/drug use: hangovers, a fuzzy head, a feeling of not being on top of things. It passes. The person is willing to pay that price and repeats the behavior that leads to it. He or she starts to anticipate using (TGIF) and may develop a regular ritual of using ("just one drink before dinner"). Again, as in Phase I, the person can and does return to normal feelings and normal living after the high wears off. Most so-called "social drinkers/drug users" remain in Phase II.

But the symptoms of dependence are essentially the same, and the need for intervention is just as urgent. Page x PREFACE My work in chemical dependence began in 1966 as a chaplain at the Heartview Foundation Treatment Center for Alcoholism in Mandan, North Dakota. It was there that I met Vernon Johnson at his first North Dakota training session on the process of intervention. At that time, most people in treatment were adults. During the late 1960s we had only two or three teenagers a year come in for treatmentand we treated them like adults.

Who sits on the blisters of the three-year-old throwing the tantrum in the frozen-foods aisle? The parents who shout, hit, or hand over the candy bar. m.? " Teenagers who use alcohol/drugs are pros at getting others to sit on their blisters. Every time adults react to their behaviors by showing anger, guilt, or hurt feelings, the adults are sitting on their blisters. And if others are willing to experience their pain, why should they change? The second basic principle of intervention concerns the need for a "connector"a significant other big person outside of the immediate family whom the teenager can trust and relate to.

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