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Adolescent drug & alcohol abuse : how to spot it, stop it, and get help for your family
Babbit, Nikki, 1941-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Beijing ; [Sebastopol, CA] : O'Reilly & Associates, [2000]

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xx, 276 pages ; 23 cm.
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Is your child involved with drugs? Adolescent drug abuse and chemical dependency can happen to any teenager, whatever their drug education, economic level, neighborhood, school, or church attendance. It can happen whether parents are married or divorced and regardless of how much they know about effective parenting.Adolescents are aware of potential dangers when they use drugs or binge on alcohol, but they think they are invincible and will escape the dangers. The average age when teens start drinking is 13; for marijuana experimentation it is 14.Parents are often the last to know about their children's involvement with alcohol or drugs. Chemical abusers do whatever they can to conceal their use. Families can rationalize the behaviors, particularly in adolescence, as being caused by something other than chemicals. Is the defiance part of a normal separation from parents? Due to a breakup with a girlfriend? Just adolescent hormones kicking in? Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse offers parents clear information, support, and guidance:

Understand the disease model of drug abuse, and that it's not your fault Overcome family confusion, denial, and excuses to get your child the help he needs Find allies in the community to help your child feel the appropriate consequences of his actions Know what to look for in chemical assessment facilities See what kind of help can be given your child in treatment Gain serenity and happiness for yourself, apart from the outcome of your child's drug abuse or dependency Listen to the voices of dozens of parents and recovering teens and learn that you are not alone in how this problem profoundly affects your family Author Nikki Babbit has counseled thousands of parents and teens about drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. Her message, and the message of the families whose stories fill this book, is one of encouragement and hope for the future.

Author Notes

Nikki Babbit, PhD, is the mother of a recovering son and has spent the last 35 years counseling adolescents and families, first as a high school teacher, and then as a school psychologist and adolescent and family therapist, and director of an alcoholism/addiction treatment program for teenagers. She has been a guest speaker at conferences throughout the United States and in Russia, and a consultant to schools, juvenile justice facilities, and youth agencies

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1. Use, Abuse, and Dependencyp. 1
2. Patterns of Developmentp. 23
3. Assessmentp. 50
4. Treatment/Rehabilitationp. 80
5. Working on Your Feelingsp. 103
6. Harmful Consequences from Normal Feelingsp. 119
7. Communication and Relationshipsp. 138
8. Working on Recoveryp. 156
9. Working on Letting Gop. 178
10. Providing Natural Consequencesp. 199
11. Stories of Empowermentp. 219
A. Resourcesp. 239
B. Information and Helpp. 248
C. Specific Drugs and Their Effectsp. 253
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 265