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Teens in every community are exposed to alcohol and drugs – ever more powerful drugs – at younger and younger ages. No neighborhood, school, or income level is immune. Today’s media not only glorifies the party lifestyle, but provides an endless source of information about how to obtain, use, and mask the use of drugs.
Arming you to fight against those forces, this book will serve as your handbook for dealing with teen drug use. It will provide you with a step-by-step plan of action in what surely is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the life of any parent. You will learn how to avoid emotional pitfalls, identify the behavior of teen drug users, find factual information on drugs, get tough, and begin the process of saving your teen.
New in this second edition is more information about prevention, especially from a Christian perspective. How can we get teens to think more deeply about the choices they make? Beyond “drugs are bad,” parents and communities need to appeal to the inner sense of right and wrong that we all have within us.
Church youth groups can be a welcoming place to provide the moral compass that the teen mind craves at a critical stage in their development. It is your teen’s own, short-term thinking that typically results in experimentation and use of drugs and alcohol. Instead, help them look to a higher and stronger power, outside their own reasoning, to provide long-term insight that can guide them to a more healthy and productive path.
Of course, should drug use progress, you must turn the process over to professionals. This book will also guide you in how to assess your situation, gauge the level of your teen’s problem, and find the best professional help when you need it.
One more key benefit of this book is the Stories from Parents Like You and Stories from Those in Recovery. These firsthand testimonials will help you avoid the mistakes of others and cut short the road to recovery.
Begin restoring health, wisdom, and peace to your family today.

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