Methods for Prevention

Preventing Youth Drug and Alcohol Use

Do you see any of these behaviors in a young person you love?

  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and/or activities
  • Change in peer relationships
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Self-harm
  • Lingering sadness/depression
  • Talk of suicide
  • Defiant behavior at home and school
  • Aggressiveness/physical altercations
  • Lying
  • Drop in grades
  • Unexplained need for money
  • Experimentation with drugs and alcohol

Even if you know the red flags, it can be difficult to distinguish signs of a problem from normal childhood behavior. For more information, contact Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission at 814-371-9002.

The best prevention starts at home! Talk to your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, set clear boundaries and rules regarding drug/alcohol use, and encourage your child to always come to you with questions or concerns. The Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission has resources for parents and family members to help guide these important conversations. Call CJDAC at 814-371-9002 for more information.

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