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    Where Can I Get Help?

    Neil Bernstein, Ph.D. explains what to do if your child is using, and Ken Winters, Ph.D. offers suggestions on where to go for help.

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If you catch your teen and his friends smoking pot, first, don’t panic. You’ll handle the situation most effectively if you can remain calm. Then, says Phillippe Cunningham, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Medical University of South Carolina.

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Intervention is not always a formal process involving drug counselors and group confrontation. Substance abuse treatment can actually start right at the kitchen table with a conversation. Here are 10 steps you can take right now if your child is using drugs.

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The most important step you can take in addiction intervention for an adult is to speak up and urge him or her to get help. This is especially crucial if you notice any of the early signs of alcohol or drug dependence, like excessive use and/or drinking at inappropriate times or places (e.g., during work or while playing sports), or if they have suffered negative consequences as a result of use, such as absenteeism from classes or work, or arrests.

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