When to get help for drug use

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When to get help for drug use

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Once a parent becomes aware that their child is having problems with drugs or alcohol, it is imperative that they seek professional help immediately. When you see the changes in behavior, when you see the changes in lifestyle, you need to seek out the help of a professional. Talk to someone and tell them what's going on, so they can help guide you through the process. It's a complicated process that we are not prepared to do. If we were, we would not be in that position in the first place. Seek out a licensed professional and get help. Once you find a professional -- and there's many ways to find them these days. The internet is a good source for that or other parents. If you don't want to talk to somebody about it, you're going to need to start looking on the internet. Talk to his or her pediatrician. Speak to your family doctor and ask him if he knows somebody who specializes in substance disorder behaviors. Sometimes if you go to your pediatrician, they are not going to have the knowledge of dealing with substance abuse issues, but they may know who to refer you to. If that's a good choice for you and you trust your family doctor, ask them. Seek out help. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS

Substance Abuse Expert

Dan Cronin has been a Substance Abuse Expert, a leading figure in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Intervention, Alternative Sentencing and Case Management for over 20 years. His organizations, Dan Cronin Consulting and A.I.R., provide Alcohol and Drug Abuse Care Management throughout North America and the world, for individuals, corporations and organizations including the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, where he is the Director of their Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Programs.

As a licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS), Dan works closely with medical professionals in all aspects of addiction medicine. As part of Dan Cronin Consulting, Dan has teamed with renowned psychiatrist Dr. M. David Lewis, M.D., whose 30 years of experience has established him as a leading medical expert in the field. He also works with Dr. Brian F. Shaw, Ph.D., one of the top clinical psychologists in North America and co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With them he has developed a specific model for Case Management that treats clients suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Working with his key executive Mellie Walker and the rest of his team at Dan Cronin Consulting, he’s implemented this substance rehab model nationwide and it is now used as a template in many referral agencies around the country.

Dan is also founder and director of AIR Alternatives, launched in 1997 to assist individuals and companies with Alternative Sentencing, including in-custody assessments, transportation and court follow-ups. AIR contracts with the courts throughout Los Angeles County, specializing addiction treatment center placement for individuals who face legal consequences due to addiction. Other members of the AIR team include DeAnne Soriano, Director of Operations, who has 10 years of experience and functions as direct liaison to the courts and Anthony Melillo, Assessment Specialist and transport coordinator with the firm for the last five years.

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