Does my child have an alcohol or drug problem or is it just a phase?

TEMECULA – National statistics have said that 82 percent of children will have used alcohol, or some other drug, before graduating from high school. Upward of 15 percent will go on to experience a lifetime of problems related to their use of substances.

The question for all parents facing this situation is “In which category is my teen?”

Although there are no absolutes, the best indicators to answer this question are these questions.

Is there a significant family history of alcohol or drug abuse in the natural family? The closer the history of abuse to the parents, especially the same sex parent, the greater the probability. Addiction clearly has some basis in family history and genetics.

Has the teen had any past negative consequences related to substance use with a return to the use again despite parental action and the pain of those consequences? Examples would be school problems, negative attitude changes, legal or health problems, finding paraphernalia or relationship problems.

Although this one is not likely to be shared with a parent, does the teen express clearly the emotional benefits of their use of any psychoactive substance, meaning do they like getting high?

If these examples are present, there is a very good chance that the adolescent may have a bio-chemical pre-disposition to addiction, and it is imperative that they receive assistance.

There are many options for parents facing teen addiction, but they are often paralyzed by fear and disagreements between spouses regarding the best path to take. A professional assessment can help parents depolarize and find a common strategy that will help the entire family begin healing.

With 20 years of experience in the Temecula Valley, Hill Alcohol and Drug Treatment is uniquely qualified to assess situations and make appropriate referrals. They have a list of other parents who have successfully navigated these problems and are highly motivated to share their experiences, feelings and results with others.

They have had success with specific wilderness programs, followed by local support, that have proven life-changing for many families.

Call Hill Recovery for a no-obligation assessment or more information at

One Response to "Does my child have an alcohol or drug problem or is it just a phase?"

  1. Anonymous   December 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I called a few years back and asked Debbie Hill for help with my son and she turned me away. Being a single parent,I pleaded with her but she turned a deaf ear. It’s so disappointing that my situation wasn’t rated in her class of friends. As the saying goes, you know who your friends really are in your time of need.


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