For Parents

Parent and Community Resources

CARE (Community Assessment Referral Education)  586-541-2273

Macomb County students and their families who are experiencing substance use/mental health concerns can meet with a Master-level clinician to gain insight to their problems and receive assistance in gaining access into the most appropriate treatment option. A sliding fee is available.
         CARE also offers other resources for families such as a class on "Parenting Teenagers" (website -see Family & Youth Programs - Workshops) and "Anger Management for Adolescents" (see Specialty Workshops.)

Parent Help Line 1-800-942-HELP (4357)

Child abuse and neglect information and reporting
Statewide, 24 hour parent support
24 hour CP & Parenting information & Referral-- All Calls are Confidential and Toll Free --


Is your Teen Using?

The mood swings and unpredictable behavior of the 'tween and teen years often make it hard to tell whether a child is using drugs, but there are warning signs you can watch for.
If your child exhibits one or more of these behaviors or moods, drugs may have become a part of his or her life:
    She's withdrawn, depressed, tired, or careless about her personal grooming. 
    He's hostile, uncooperative, and frequently breaks curfews. 
    Her relationships with family members have deteriorated. 
    He's hanging around with a new group of friends. 
    Her grades have slipped and her school attendance is irregular. 
    He's lost interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities. 
    Her eating and sleeping patterns have changed; she's up at night and sleeps during the day. 
    He has a hard time concentrating. 
    Her eyes are red-rimmed and her nose is runny but she doesn't have allergies or a cold. 
    Household money has been disappearing. 
    You have found any of these in your home: pipes, rolling papers, small medicine 
    bottles, butane lighters, homemade 
    pipes, or bongs (pipes that use water as a filter) made from soda cans or plastic beverage 
    containers. 

Some of these indicators can be caused by emotional problems or physical illness. Discuss the possibility with your child's doctor and, if necessary, take him or her in for a physical. If illness is not the problem, it's time to choose a course of action.
    Source: Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Resources

http://www.theantidrug.com/ 
                        Info on specifics drugs, real teen stories, to talk to kids about drugs

http://www.drugfree.org/ 
                Partnership for a Drug-Free America web site with lots of real stories, drug info 

http://www.samhsa.gov/redirect/family.aspx   
                Family guide to keeping kids mentally healthy and drug free
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