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Recognizing and Responding to Signs of a Possible Substance Abuse Problem with Your Adolescent: Guidance from Hazelden Betty Ford

Adair,Leslie_hsAs parents, most of us would rather not even think about the possibility that our son or daughter could develop an addiction to alcohol or other substances. But putting our head in the sand only increases the risks. Dr. Leslie Adair, Director of Mental Health & Family Services at Hazelden Betty Ford’s adolescent and young adult facility in Plymouth, MN, brings the information we need to recognize signs of possible addiction, to seek evaluation by an experienced professional and if needed, to get appropriate treatment and family support. Leslie also answers Marti & Erin’s questions about addressing the needs of siblings and helping family members know how to talk to others about the problem.


What has been your experience with substance abuse and addiction among people close to you? What did you learn in this Mom Enough discussion about signs of a possible addiction in teens and young adults? What resources are available for evaluation and treatment in your community? Leave a comment below!


For more information on Teen Intervene, click here.

For tips for if you suspect teen alcohol or other drug use, click here.

For additional fact sheets from Hazelden Betty Ford, click here.

For other resources from Hazelden Betty Ford, click here.

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