Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do

 

 

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Suicide Prevention 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is a national 24 hour toll-free hotline that assists individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number—1-800-273-TALK (8255). The site also provides information about suicide prevention and links to suicide prevention resources.
 
In Washtenaw County, Michigan, the University of Michigan Health System Psychiatric Emergency Services provides 24 hour crisis counseling and assistance: 734-996-4747. 

           

            Additional suicide prevention resources.

 
Drug and Alcohol Overdose and Poisoning Information

IF YOU THINK SOMEONE MAY HAVE OVERDOSED ON ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!  Don’t wait, don’t let them "sleep it off," don’t try to diagnose or treat the situation yourself; don’t think about legal or social ramifications. The person's life may depend on your quick response!

 

Information on alcohol and other drug (pdf) overdose.
 

The American Association of Poison Control Centers has a national 24-hour toll-free telephone hotline for poison emergencies at 1-800-222-1222.  Calls are automatically connected to the nearest certified regional poison center, which will provide information and assistance for problems involving poisoning.

 

Information on finding affordable health care

Insurance coverage and public funding for chemical dependency treatment is limited; it can be very difficult to find funding for individuals to receive addiction treatment services. Here are some sources that can help:

 

“Parity Toolkit for Addiction and Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates. Simplifying the appeals process: strategies for winning disputes with your health plan” (pdf) from Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR.)

 

Nationally: Healthcare.gov is a federal web site that helps people find insurance and affordable health care resources.

 

In Michigan: The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) can provide help in finding low cost or free health care and mental health care, which is described on their web site for “How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family.” (please note: there are not currently specific resources for low cost or free substance abuse/addiction services listed; there is information on help in obtaining insurance or other health care needs.)

 

In Washtenaw County: Health Services Access provides substance abuse service information and referrals in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties for all ages, and can be reached at 734-481-2502, or 800-440-7548. Livingston County Community Mental Health provides crisis counseling and substance abuse/mental health referral information for Livingston County, and can be reached at 517-546-4126. People with no insurance who seek public funding in Washtenaw or Livingston County must contact Health Services Access.

 

Resource/Referral Suggestions for People Concerned About Alcohol/Other Drug Use of a Teenager

If you are concerned about an adolescent's use of alcohol/other drugs and you are not able to attend the "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program, we encourage you to seek help from a professional or agency that is specifically knowledgeable about and experienced in working with substance-involved adolescents.  If there is a primary alcohol/other drug problem, the behaviors you are concerned about are not likely to change long term until the alcohol/other drug problem is addressed. Sources that may be able to provide a referral to a professional or program that can help with an adolescent substance abuse problem include: a school professional (e.g. counselor, social worker, nurse or psychologist,) a health care provider, the county public health or mental health department, a faith leader, or a local community or national "hot line". Insurance programs may provide a list of counselors or treatment programs that will be covered by their policy. Many places of employment have employee assistance programs that offer counseling or provide information about and referrals to programs that will help the teen and people concerned about the teen. The yellow pages may list programs under "alcoholism" or "drug abuse" that can be called for further information. Additional sources of information and help are listed below.

 

Access to treatment may be subject to financial considerations. Insurance and HMO coverage and public funding for substance abuse services are often limited. Treatment programs or professionals sometimes provide sliding scale fees, scholarships, or special payment arrangements, on a limited basis.  Some consumers are able to find programs that meet their needs and are within available financial resources. Some consumers contest decisions by insurance companies or HMOs. Some pay out of pocket for treatment costs or make financial arrangements with the treatment program or provider.  Consumers may find they need to be persistent advocates in seeking treatment programs and treatment funding for a teen.

 

Recovery Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are available in most areas of the country and are free and open to anyone of any age who needs them. There are also free support groups for parents/families in most areas of the country. (Contact information for additional support groups can be found on the Information/Links page, in the “Support Programs” area.)

 

The Partnership at DrugFree.org offers a free parent helpline that is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern time. Parents that feel overwhelmed, stressed or have a specific question about their child’s drug or alcohol use can receive assistance from professionals by calling 855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373.)

 

The Partnership at DrugFree.org created a helpful “Treatment E-Book” (pdf) guide for “How To Find The Right Help for Your Child With An Alcohol or Drug Problem.”

 

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National Referral Information:   

Licensed substance abuse treatment and counseling programs:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains a Treatment Facility Locator, and provides 24-hour telephone information at 1-800-729-6686.

 

Mental Health Services:

Center for Mental Health Service (CMHS) maintains a Behavioral Health Services Locator.

 

Psychology Today has an on-line nation-wide therapist directory with information about therapists providing services in a variety of specialty areas, including chemical dependency/substance use disorders.

 

Michigan Referral Information:   

Michigan Department of Community Health Mental Health & Substance Abuse Administration, Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services provides central entry points for all Michigan Medicaid eligible and indigent (uninsured) children and adults requesting mental health and/or substance abuse information and services.  Michigan Substance Abuse Access Management System Agency Directory (pdf.)

 

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (Michigan Department of Community Health) maintains a list of Michigan state-licensed substance abuse programs (or call (517) 241-1970.) 

 

The Michigan Mental Health Networker maintains a Web site directory of private and public mental health and substance abuse service providers, including private practice providers, agencies, and support groups for several Michigan counties. 

 

Washtenaw County Referral Information:  

Health Services Access provides substance abuse service information and referrals in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties for all ages, and can be reached at 734-481-2502, or 800-440-7548. Livingston County Community Mental Health provides crisis counseling and substance abuse/mental health referral information for Livingston County. 517-546-4126.

 

Ozone House Youth and Family Services provides help for teens in crisis and for their families, and can be reached at 734-662-2222 (connects to a state-wide runaway assistance program line after hours.)  

 

University of Michigan Health System Psychiatric Emergency Services provides 24 hour crisis counseling/assistance: 734-996-4747. 

 

United Way Washtenaw 211 provides callers with information about and referrals to human services, 24 hours a day, every day. Call 2-1-1, or call 1-866-953-HELP if you are looking for services outside of Southeast Michigan.

 

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Resource and Referral Suggestions for Teens

If you are a young person and you think you might have a problem with alcohol or drugs, there is help available for you. Since alcohol and drug problems affect the whole family, it's usually best if the whole family can be open about the problem and get help together. If you are not ready to talk to your family or you think there are good reasons not to, you can still get help.  You can start by talking with a school counselor or other trusted adult, or contacting a youth crisis center or a youth hotline.  The general “referral" sources listed above can provide you with treatment referral information. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian may need to provide consent and financial information for formal professional treatment. Some state and local laws allow teens to seek substance abuse counseling without the consent or permission of a parent or guardian. Recovery groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) are free, open to anyone who wants to stop using alcohol or other drugs, and do not require consent, permission, a referral, or identification for anyone to attend. 

 

Crisis/Counseling Hotlines for Teens/Young People:

Nationwide:

The National Runaway Safeline provides help for runaway or troubled youth anywhere nationwide and can be contacted at 1-800-786-2929. 

 

The Boys Town National Hotline provides help and information to young people and can be contacted at 1-800-448-3000. 

 

In Michigan: 

Runaway Assistance Program provides a state-wide help line at 1-800-292-4517. 

 

In Washtenaw County, Michigan: 

In Washtenaw County, Michigan, teens can find help by contacting Ozone House at 734-662-2222, 1705 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

 

Support/Recovery Groups for Teens and Young People With Alcohol/Other Drug Problems:

The following groups are free and open to anyone of any age who wants to stop using alcohol/other drugs. These are "mutual help" or "self help" groups, not professional treatment programs. You can call the national numbers, check the Web sites, or look in your phone book for your local contact information. Most counties have Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often at several times and places. Young people are WELCOME at these meetings. You do not have to register, inform a parent, or give your last name to attend! 

 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 212-870-3400. Box 459 Grand Central Station, New York, New York 10163.  AA welcomes anyone of any age who wants to stop using alcohol. 

-   In Southeast Michigan, contact AA at 313-831-5550 (24 Hour Hotline.) 

-   In Washtenaw County, Michigan, contact AA at 734-482-5700. 

-   List of Washtenaw County AA and NA meetings that have been suggested by young people in the programs as being attended by many young people.

- In Livingston County, Michigan, contact AA at 877-337-0611.

- AA resources of interest to young people.

 

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): 818-773-9999. PO Box 9999, Van Nuys, California 91409. NA welcomes anyone of any age who wants to stop using drugs of any type.

-   In Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, Michigan, contact NA at 734-913-9839 (for a recorded meeting list) or the Southeast Michigan Help Line at 248-543-7200 (to talk to an NA member) or see the Michigan web site or the Washtenaw County web site.

 

Information about additional support groups for recovery from alcoholism and addiction can be accessed from the "support group" area of the "Information/Links" page.

 

Also - if you are a teen who is affected by the use of alcohol or other drugs by your parent(s) or guardian(s) - there is something you should think about:  Yourself! 

Alateen is a free support group for teens that are affected by family substance abuse: 1-800-344-2666 or 757-563-1600. 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454-5617. 

-   In Washtenaw County, Michigan, contact Alateen at 734-995-4949.

 

You can look in your telephone book or on the Internet sites for local contact information for AA, NA, or Alateen. 

 

If there is an Alano Club in your area (a clubhouse for “12-step” recovery program meetings and functions), they may be able to provide a list of support group meetings.  You can look in your telephone book under "Alano Club" or do an Internet search. 

Alano Clubs in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties (Michigan) include:

-   The Washtenaw Alano Club: 995 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. 734-668-8138.

-   The Howell Area Alano Club: 214 West Grand River Avenue, Howell Michigan 48843. 517-376-6116.

-   The Livingston County Alano Club: 5754 Whitmore Lake Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116. 810-229-8110.

 

Support Groups/Programs for Parents/Family Members/Friends of Teens/Others Who Are Using Alcohol/Other Drugs:

Parents, family members and friends can find support by through programs for families and friends of people with substance abuse problems. There may be other programs available in your area in addition to the following. Your telephone book may have local contact information for groups that are available in your area, or you can contact the national office or the Web site for meeting information.

 

Support groups/support programs for parents/family members/friends of young people with alcohol/other drug problems include:

 

Al-Anon/Alateen: 1-800-344-2666 or 757-563-1600. 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617.

-   Al-Anon in Michigan. 

-   In the Washtenaw County area of Michigan, contact Al-Anon at 734-995-4949.

-   In Metro Detroit, Michigan, contact Al-Anon at 313-242-0300.  

 

Dawn Farm “Family Matters” (pdf) group: Family Matters is a free, ongoing Tuesday evening support group for family and friends of people with addictions, whether the person with addictions is or has ever been a Dawn Farm client. Please contact Dawn Farm for information.

                                                                                                                                       

Families Anonymous (FA): 1-800-736-9805. 701 Lee Street, Suites 670, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-4508. 

-   In Southeast Michigan, contact Families Anonymous at the above number/Web site for local meeting and contact information.  

                                                                                                                                       

Nar-Anon: (310) 534-8188 or (800) 477-6291. 22527 Crenshaw Boulevard #200B, Torrance, California 90505-3071.

-   In Michigan, contact Nar-Anon at: 586-447-2868.  

 

Information about additional support groups for family and friends can be accessed from the "Family and Friends Support" area of the "Information/Links" page. 

 

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"TEENS USING DRUGS: WHAT TO KNOW and WHAT TO DO” Disclaimer

PLEASE NOTE: this site is not a counseling or treatment service. We welcome comments and requests for information about the "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program and/or about this Web site, but the people who maintain the Web site are not substance abuse professionals and cannot provide advice about substance abuse problems.  Parents, family members, teens, professionals, and concerned community members are all welcome to attend the free "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program to learn more about adolescent substance abuse problems and what can be done to help adolescents with alcohol/other drug problems. If you are not able to attend this program, you can click on the "referrals" section to find suggestions for other options, and check the "information/links" section for other sources of information.