What to do if you suspect your child is abusing drugs or alcohol

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The pandemic has led to an increase in drug addiction across the country, according to several studies. Many people have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with additional stress and uncertainty, including some young people.

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CARE Coalition is a local non-profit organization that educates and educates people of all ages about drug addiction. Randal Colquitt is the manager of the organization’s grants program. He says isolation is to blame for many who turn to the bottle.

“People weren’t going out. They had to stay home and were afraid of the unknown, so they turned to their devices such as alcoholism and drug addiction to cope,” Colquitt said.

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Colquitt says there are signs parents and friends can watch out for if they suspect a loved one is abusing alcohol or drugs, including erratic behavior or a sudden change in weight.

“Severe alcohol abuse relieves hunger. So you become less hungry when you drink when you abuse alcohol,” Colquitt said.

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If you think a loved one needs help, Colquitt says you should tell them on a sensitive issue.

“You don’t want to judge, you want to listen, you want to recognize them and help them recognize that what they are going through is real because it is real. And then you want to offer them to find professional support for them,” he said. said Colquitt. mentionned. “You also want to help them research the underlying issues that cause them to abuse alcohol or substances.”

If you think you have a problem, Colquitt says it’s important to recognize that addiction is an illness and it can be treated.

If you know someone who needs help, CARE Coalition is a one stop shop. Visit carecoalitionnv.org for more information.

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