Are you concerned that your teen may have an issue with drugs or alcohol?

  • Have you suspected your teen is using drugs or alcohol?

  • Does your teen display erratic behavior that confuses you?

  • Has there been a drop in your teen’s grades?

  • Does your teen demonstrate a loss of interest in things he/she used to be interested in?

  • Do you have trouble talking to your teen about substance abuse?

  • Do you know that your teen is drinking or using and feel ill-equipped to do anything about it?


Raising a teen can be tough. Raising a teen that is using drugs can be scary, confusing and a strenuous emotional experience for the parents and family that love them. If you are concerned that your child may have an issue with or is dependent on substances, taking the steps to get them the help and support they need is often critical to catching the issue as early as possible.

You and Your Teen Are Not Alone

Substance abuse in the teen years is becoming increasingly prevalent. Recovery is difficult for anyone, and for teens, it can be especially challenging.  Typically when a teen is using alcohol and drugs, there are underlying issues that need to be addressed. Journeys counselors are specifically trained in addictions counseling for teens and can address both the addiction and other areas of life the teen may be struggling with. This integrated approach to substance abuse and/or addiction is especially helpful for teens as they gain coping strategies that will last a lifetime. Journeys also maintains strong partnerships with local recovery centers who offer inpatient and intensive outpatient programs should your teen need a higher level of care.

If you have concerns about your teen’s substance use, call one of our counselors to consult.  Catching and treating addictive behaviors and related underlying concerns early can help your teen launch into a healthy and productive adult life.


We generally recommend scheduling a initial assessment with a Journeys counselor to evaluate what your child or family's specific needs are, as well as determining best options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.

You can click on the suggested therapist below to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that's right for your situation.

Need help? Contact our administrative assistant here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for you and your family's needs.