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How Do You Test if Your Kids are Abusing Inhalants?

Published: September 26, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
How do you test if your kid are abusing inhalants?
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Dear How Do You Test if Your Kids are Abusing Inhalants?,

Inhalants are among the first drugs that teens use. It is essential to address this issue during teen years, so the abuse does not become chronic/continue into the future. TeenHealthFX suggests first having a conversation with your children about the dangers of inhalant abuse. You can read the following resources for advice on how to talk to your children about the dangers of inhalant abuse:

 

After having a conversation with your children, FX suggests contacting professional help. Treatment for inhalant abuse is mostly behavioral. Experts in drug treatment will work with your children to identify behavior adjustments that must be made in order to function without drugs, including how to deal with cravings, avoid situations that could lead to using inhalants, and handle relapses.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a program, you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information  and click on resources for treatment programs in your area. You can also visit the Drug-Rehabilitation website or call 1-866-323-5612. 

TeenHealth also suggests reading the following resources for additional information on inhalants:

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