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Adolescent Substance Abuse. Presented By: Kevin Kufeldt, LPC, LCAC Adolescent Center for Treatment. Drugs of Choice. World Wide #1 Abused Drug?. #1 Among Teens?. Most Popular #2 and #3. Marijuana 96% of our current and past clients abuse marijuana on a regular basis.

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adolescent substance abuse

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Presented By:

Kevin Kufeldt, LPC, LCAC

Adolescent Center for Treatment

most popular 2 and 3
Most Popular #2 and #3
  • Marijuana
  • 96% of our current and past clients abuse marijuana on a regular basis.
  • Average Daily use:
    • 3-4 blunts (1/4 oz.)
  • Average age first use:
    • 13 y.o. Earliest is 9yo.
  • 15 yrs ago: 17 y.o
  • 10 yrs ago: 15 y.o
  • Now: 12-13 y.o
  • Alcohol
  • Number one drug of choice of High School Students (other than cigs)
    • Parties
    • Sports events
    • Dances
  • Binge Drinking, Drinking to Black-Out
            • Vs.
  • Drinking to Pass-Out
  • Social Using???
who s doing drugs
Who’s Doing Drugs?

The National Average puts substance abuse among teens at :

24%

where are they doing drugs
Where Are They Doing Drugs?

Home, Parties, Sporting Events, School Dances, School, the Park, the Mall.

Drug abuse is all around you, however; you get to choose who you surround yourself with, what you do for fun and how you live your life.

what to be looking for
What to be looking for?

Physical Evidence of Drugs and/or Paraphernalia

Behavior Problems and Poor Grades

Isolation, depression, fatigue

Changes in friendships or extremely influenced by peers

Hostility, irritability or change in level of cooperation at home or school

Lying or increased evasiveness about after school or weekend whereabouts

Decreased interest in personal appearance

Physical changes such as bloodshot eyes, runny nose, frequent sore throats and rapid weight loss

Changes in mood, eating and sleeping habits

Dizziness and memory problems

Unusual flare-ups or outbursts of temper

Lack of concern for consequences and responsibilities

Wearing sunglasses at inappropriate times

what to look for cont
What to look for Cont.

Association with known substance abusers

Unusual borrowing of money

Theft

Secretive behavior regarding actions and possessions

Poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and suspicion (for example, frequent trips to the restroom)

Excessive breath mints, cologne or perfume

Track or needle marks on arms, hands, neck or legs

Frequently late

Unwarranted laughter

Nodding out

Sweating profusely even on cold days

EXTREMELY SLEEPY

misunderstandings
Misunderstandings:
  • Prescription Drugs:
    • 40% of teens and their parents think abusing RX drugs is safer than abusing “street drugs”
    • 25% of drug related ER visits are associated with the abuse of RX drugs
  • Synthetic Drugs
    • Were once legal
        • Users think they are safe
    • Increase in suicidal / homicidal rates
    • Increase in seizure activity
    • DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS IN THIS STUFF
saying no
Saying NO
  • You are not alone.
    • Be part of the 76%
  • Surround yourself with positive peers
  • Occupy your free time with healthy activities
  • Continue educating yourself on the dangers of abuse.
  • Ask questions from someone you trust
helping others
Helping Others
  • Listen first
  • Be supportive (but don’t make any promises)
  • Help them identify other sources for help
    • Church leaders, parents, teachers, school counselors
  • Other Sources:
      • Community Mental Health Providers
      • AA/NA