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

Posted at 12:10 AM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 12:08:34-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The pandemic has led to a rise in substance abuse across the country, according to multiple studies. Many people have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the added stress and uncertainty, including some young people.

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CARE Coalition is a local nonprofit organization that provides awareness and education to people of all ages regarding substance abuse. Randal Colquitt is the organization's grants program manager. He says isolation is to blame for many people turning to the bottle.

"People weren't going out. They had to stay at home, and they were fearful of the unknown, so they were turning to their devices such as alcohol and substance abuse to cope," Colquitt said.

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

"Severe alcohol misuse stipends hunger. So, you become less hungry when you drink when you abuse drinking," Colquitt said.

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

"You don't want to judge, you want to listen, you want to recognize and help them to recognize that what they are going through is real because it is real. And then you want to offer to find them professional support," Colquitt said. "You also want to help them look for underlying issues that are pushing them to misuse alcohol or substances."

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

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

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