Advice on the signs that someone is heading towards addiction

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, shares the signs to look for in your child that suggest she or he might be heading towards drug or alcohol addiction
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Advice on the signs that someone is heading towards addiction

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One of the questions that parents ask is, "How do I know if my child is using? How do I know if my child is drinking or is in trouble with drugs or alcohol?" And there are signs. What you want to look for in your child is, is there any change? Is there any sudden change? Have they gone from being withdrawn to being very, very social. Has their performance at school changed? And you can be in communication, in contact with your school and get a sense of how they're dealing with their school environment, what's going on, if there's a difference in their studying and their skills and their grades and their attendence, so you want to look at the school measure. And then what about friendships? Have they suddenly lost friends or gained friends? Do they have people that come and go quickly? That's the question that you want to ask yourself. "Am I seeing any change in my child's behavior?" That can be a big indicator for problems, for problems with drugs or alcohol, or problems with their emotional self and their state of being. Those are the key criteria.

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, shares the signs to look for in your child that suggest she or he might be heading towards drug or alcohol addiction

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Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Co-founder of Creative Care Malibu

Dr. Karen Khaleghi is a pioneer in the field of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health disorders. As one of the co-founders of Creative Care in Malibu and co-author of The Anatomy of Addiction, Dr. Karen speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior as well as the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process she calls "connecting the dots." 

There are many things that set Dr. Karen Khaleghi apart from others including her individualized treatment approaches and excellent treatment facility Creative Care which is filled with clinical staff comprised of professionals that offer the highest standard of care in the industry. Karen graduated from California Graduate Institute with her Ph.D in 1989 and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her loving husband and children. Dr. Karen Khaleghi has been featured on The Today Show, KCAL 9, Dr. Phil and many others!

 

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