Parent helpline deals with substance issues

When parents find out their teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol, the immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. But parents are often in great need of help themselves. They may need advice on what to say to their teen, how to evaluate whether he or she needs professional treatment, and where to find the appropriate substance abuse treatment program if one is needed. A new toll-free telephone helpline is providing that assistance. The Parents Toll Free Helpline, 1-855-DRUGFREE (1- 855-378-4373), is staffed by clinical social workers with practical experience in substance abuse prevention and treatment.