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Getting an Assessment
The first key step in addressing your child's substance use is to find a professional who can give your child an assessment. The purpose of an assessment is to get a comprehensive picture of your child's problems to make sure that, if treatment is needed, he or she is referred to the right type of treatment.
Find a Professional Assessment
To find a professional who can screen or assess your child contact your Single State Agency
If the treatment professional who gave your child the assessment cannot provide you with information for treatment services in your area, a good place to start your search is SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.
Use our easy-to-use checklists and worksheets to help you and your family get organized and take action to help your child struggling with teenage substance abuse. Download the “Questions to Ask Treatment Programs and Staff” worksheet and make sure you’re asking all the important questions to find the right help for your teen’s substance abuse problem. Family involvement is a critical element for treatment of substance abuse and dependence, especially with teens and young adults. The more involved the family is the more successful the substance abuse treatment will be and the family will have the education and understanding to help the teen maintain his/her recovery.