Getting help for teen drug use

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Getting help for teen drug use

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If you know that your son or daughter is taking drugs, you need to get help because it could be a problem that could destroy their lives and it can actually even destroy -- I've seen families. So you need to get help as soon as possible. You could ask your pediatrican for a referral or you could go to your panel of providers. But you need to make sure to do everything from the testing, sharing about what your concerns are. You also need to start limiting, maybe, who they are going and hanging out with because a lot of times their friends are the biggest influence. And I know parents sometimes feel like, oh, I can't control their friendships. Well, you can. You can, you know, determine who they actually spend time with after school or on the weekends. At school it's really difficult to control that, but at least after school you can.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

 
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