Wednesday, November 17, 2010


This following self-test designed by professors at Harvard is a simple, quick way for parents to get a better understanding of the importance of negative consequences and specifically, the types of consequences in determining whether their child has a problem with substance abuse.

Kids usually will focus on the frequency or amount of their use as “proof” that there isn’t a problem. The frequency or amount is often not as important as the consequences as a result of their use.

I find with my clients that a general discussion of the potential negative consequences of getting high, focusing initially on their friends behavior, is often a "user-friendly" way to start to have him /her thinking about the issue in a different way.

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