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My child is dealing drugs. What do I do?

 

Talk to your child

Talk to your child and bring up the concerns you have. Let them know their behavior could land them in jail or an option that’s even worse. Set your boundaries and let them know they cannot continue to sell drugs while living under your roof. Drug dealing is not only endangering your child’s wellbeing but it is putting the entire family at risk. Let them know that what they are doing is unacceptable and if they continue to display that behavior then they are not welcome in your home. It is recommended to be stern and firm in your boundaries, but anger will not help alleviate the situation.

Give an ultimatum

Give your child a bottom line and make sure they know the consequences if they do not comply with your rules. Allowing them to do as they please and not suffer any consequences will only perpetuate their behavior, and they may not stop until law enforcement or a more serious consequence is suffered. Let them know that if they do not stop you may call the police. The police can be a strong advocate in this situation. Most parents dread the thought of calling law enforcement on their own child but dealing drugs is a serious and dangerous business. Parents need to be ready to go to any length in order to help their child put an end to that behavior. If your child lives with you, a good way to protect yourself and the rest of the family is to remove them from the home. If they are under the age of 18 law enforcement might be the best course of action. This does not mean you have to get your child charged with a crime, but the police can talk to your child and let them know the consequences of their actions and what problems are to come if they do not stop.

Look into treatment options

Your child may be dealing drugs to support their own habit. If they are selling drugs in order to support a habit they may need to go to a drug treatment program. Talk to your child and get to the root of the problem. Try to communicate with them and understand what is going on. They may have issues with addiction that have been overshadowed by their participation in selling drugs. This is a sign of addiction and can get worse very quickly. Intervening before it gets out of hand could save your child’s life.

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Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.

PRE-VERIFY INSURANCE BENEFITS

A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.


• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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