A fourteen year old family member is now at a “ranch” in the Wyoming mountains where he will be in treatment and to continue his high school education. This kid is a favorite of mine. He is way too smart to be stuck in small time Wyoming where the schools hand out drug tests because the problem is so bad. It is everything. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, carisoprodol, marijuana, but crystal meth is king. Small town America. This boy will be at the “ranch” for more than two years if he resists treatment and a minimum of six months if he goes with the program. No one from his life, including his mother, can have contact with him for the first six months. Mom’s Thanksgiving will be difficult. V called to lend moral support, but a very strong woman is having a difficult time.
So when this testing outfit asked me to put this up, I did not hesitate. To see the video click on “Snatched 8 mg”
Parents believe they know their kids. I am here to tell you, after treating thousands of drug-addicted teens for three decades at Chapman House; parents cannot recognize a drug problem. The biggest concern today is prescription drug abuse. Some doctors say it is an epidemic among teens. Recent DEA statistics reveal that every day, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time; 60% of those teens are 14 or younger. Teens realize they have a free high right at home in mom and dad’s medicine cabinet. Parents need to drug test their children.
You no longer need to visit the doctor’s office. You can safely and privately test them at home. I endorse the MyteenSavers home drug test kit. The test is easy to use, and maintains FDA approved standards for detecting drug use. Most importantly, you can have peace of mind within minutes. The Myteensavers product is not just a test, it’s a plan. It comes with support for parents in crisis. Counselors can answer questions about positive tests, treatment plans, and how what to do next.
Parents naively smelling their teens for alcohol or marijuana could be missing a serious danger. Recently, an Oregon teen died while attending a sleepover at a
friend’s house. The parents were home the whole time. One of the teens never woke up. Turns out, they were high on prescription drugs, kept at the home.
I have treated sick children, who are not old enough to drive, but have years of addiction under their belts. Some of them are straight A students, all-star athletes, and are social with their peers. The warning signs are not always there. Parents are not experts in detecting prescription drug abuse. Why take a chance? Our children are our most precious creations. Keep them safe. Keep them drug free. Drug test your teens.
Tim Chapman, CSAC
Tim Chapman Bio
Tim Chapman is a 30-year veteran counselor, an author of two books and several published articles, a former 10-year columnist for the Orange County Register and the director of www.chapmanrehab.com.
His insights into the world of teens and the habit of addicts have helped educate parents, teachers, and law enforcement. Dubbed “America’s Parenting Coach,” Chapman has helped thousands of minors find sobriety and a cleaner path in life. He hopes to heal families who are coping with a drug addicted loved one.