Substance abuse is a major public health problem that puts millions of adolescents at increased risk for alcohol-related and drug-related traffic accidents, risky sexual practices, poor academic performance, juvenile delinquency, and developmental problems. Although several national surveys indicate that teen use of most illicit drugs has held steady during the past few years, adolescent drug abuse remains alarmingly high. Moreover, use of the dangerous club drug MDMA (ecstasy) appears to be increasing among older teens.
The following screening tool – the CRAFFT – is provided to help assess your concerns about adolescent substance abuse. This self-evaluation, of course, does not replace a formal evaluation by an addiction or mental health professional. If, after answering the questions below, you have concerns about the possibility of substance abuse negatively impacting your life or the life of an adolescent you care for, we recommend that you please call a customer service representative at (779) 368-0060 from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday or Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and make an appointment to meet with an addiction or mental health professional.
Click here for the self-evaluation: The CRAFFT