Location: 246 Northland Drive, Suite 100, Medina, OH 44256 Phone: (330) 723-9642 Fax: (330) 723-9643 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
WHERE TO TURN IN TIMES OF IMMEDIATE NEED
FOR IMMEDIATE HELP CALL THE CRISIS HOTLINE: (330) 725-9195
If you are worried that someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and is in need of immediate assistance, please contact one of the following agencies for help:
Drug and alcohol use should not be considered "typical teen behavior." Looking for behavioral changes in your child can help you understand if there is cause for concern. Such behavioral changes may include:
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ADDICTION
OhioGuidestone (440) 260-8300
Alternative Paths, Inc. (330) 725-9195
• Secretive phone use • Sudden increased appetite • Excessive use of over-the-counter eye drops to reduce redness or irritation
Finally, take note of your home conditions. Have you noticed if any prescription pills, cigarettes or alcohol have gone missing? What about metal spoons or tin foil? These may all be signs of substance abuse. Asking your child direct questions about whether or not they have been drinking or using drugs may lead to an answer you are not happy to hear, however all parents and guardians should be prepared with their response in an effort to lead to a positive outcome.
To learn more about warning signs of substance abuse and how to speak with your children, visit www.drugfree.org.
• Growing tension with family or friends • Avoiding eye contact • Breaking curfew or disappearing for lengths of time
• Unexplained lack of coordination • Sleeplessness or spurts of high energy • Unexplained dents and damage to vehicle
Looking for personality shifts and changes in appearance may also help you understand if there is cause for concern. Such mood and appearance changes may include:
• Appears withdrawn or depressed • Silent and uncommunicative • Angry or hostile
• Deceitful or secretive • Absenteeism at work, school and other activities • Smoke or unusual smells on breath or clothes • Poor hygiene
• Track marks on arms or legs (May wear long sleeves in warmer weather to hide marks) • Unexplained burns on fingers or lips • Wetting lips or excessive thirst
Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even with the knowledge of negative consequences.
Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that can profoundly disrupt a persons' thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the daily demands of life.
Assistance for those in need of support, crisis intervention, and help promoting their rights.