LMEP Programs Bring Attention to Signs of Youth Alcohol Abuse

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LMEP Programs Bring Attention to Signs of Youth Alcohol Abuse

With the new school year kicking off, Stepping Stones (www.steppingstoneslincoln.com) and School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP), programs of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership (LMEP), encourage parents to be aware of signs of youth alcohol abuse and seek early intervention. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, youth alcohol abuse problem is more likely to occur if several of the following signs occur simultaneously, suddenly, or in excessive amounts:

  • Mood changes such as temper flare-ups, defensiveness, or irritability
    Rebellion against family rules
  • School problems such as poor attendance, low grades, and/or recent disciplinary action
  • Switching friends and unwillingness to let you get to know their new friends
  • Lack of involvement in former activities or interests
  • Lack of attention to personal appearance and hygiene
  • Finding alcohol in your child’s backpack or room or smelling alcohol on their breath
  • Memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech

For more information on signs and what you can do to help your youth, check out the Stepping Stones blog at www.steppingstoneslincoln.com. Stepping Stones offers alcohol and drug evaluations and outpatient counseling for youth ages 13–18 and adults. To learn more about services at LMEP and/or to make an appointment, call (402) 488-6511.

 

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