Behavioral Definitions

1. Family members regularly use alcohol or drugs to become intoxicated or high.

2. Absence of a strong parental message for the child to abstain from alcohol and drugs.

3. Lack open and positive communication with the child.

4. Absence of positive, consistent, and effective discipline strategies.

5. Demonstrate a lack of awareness of or concern about the child's use of mind-altering substances.

6. Verbalize fear and confusion about the child's use of mind-altering substances and an unawareness of effective intervention strategies.

7. Express feelings of guilt and inadequacy resulting from the child's addiction to dangerous mind-altering substances.

8. Physical evidence of alcohol or drug usage found on the child's person or in personal areas at home or school.

9. The child lies or is evasive about plans, activities, friends, and use of illegal substances.

10. The child evidences oppositional behavior problems, mood swings, irritability, emotional distancing, and changes in physical appearance and health.

11. The child is involved in increased risk-taking behavior (e.g., sexual promiscuity, driving while under the influence, stealing, curfew violation, and/or defiance of authority).

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