is the quickest way to get help for our teenaged son? We've
just received a drug test that was positive for marijuana
A. Get the
name of a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist who works
well with adolescents. You can ask your family physician,
school counselor, minister or rabbi, or call a local treatment
center for a referral.
When you call to
make an appointment, ask the professional to meet with you
on a day prior to your son's appointment so you can explain
what has happened and how you feel about it. You will want
to be sure that the counselor can support your family's expectations
about drug use.
Then let the professional
work with your son. Do not expect to find out what they talk
about - it's privileged. The counselor may suggest some group
sessions for the whole family to hammer out agreements, expectations
and consequences. That's a great thing.
discovered this before it's become a big problem. Your responsibility
is to assure that this boy can grow up healthy and reach his
highest potential. With your love and support, he can. Godspeed.
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