Plumas Lake Elementary School District

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Information

What to Look For

Indicators of Possible Substance Use or Abuse
  • Changes in performance in school or at work. For example, a drop in grades, work not completed
  • Absenteeism/Truancy. Excuses may be forged.
  • Attitude changes and/or mood swings
  • Change in personal appearance
  • Change in eating or sleeping habits
  • Withdrawal from family contacts
  • Change in health (frequent illness, coughing)
  • Apathy, lack of motivation
  • Paraphernalia - pipes, bottles, chewing tobacco containers, rolling papers, small hand-held mirrors, etc.
  • Defensive about drugs or drug use
  • Association with others who have substance use or abuse problems
  • Money, alcohol, prescription or possessions missing from the home or work place

What Can Parents Do?

  • Communicate clear opposition to teen use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as clear rules regarding other expected behaviors.
  • Talk with your child about alcohol and other drugs, Learn to really listen to what your child has to say. Work to keep the lines of communication open.
  • Be a good role model or example. Your habits and attitudes may strongly influence your child's ideas about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Encourage healthy activities. Hobbies, school events and other activities may prevent your child from using drugs out of boredom or because of peer relationships with substance using peers.
  • If you do suspect drug use, share your concerns with your child when he or she is not under the influence. Approach your child with facts. Don't accuse. Discuss the things you have observed.
  • Take action! Contact the Counselor, At-Risk Advisor or School Psychologist at your child's school, and/or seek professional help and advice.
  • Try to get your child interested in clubs like Friday Night Live and Club Live. These clubs try to emphasize the uselessness of drugs, alcohol and violence by setting up various activities and parties. At these activities, students are shown how much more fun you can have without the use of alcohol and drugs. Leadership in the community is also emphasized in these clubs.

Resources

Yuba County Public Health Services
P.O. Box 2320
6000 Lindhurst Avenue Suite 601-B
Marysville, CA 95901
530-741-6366

Smoking Cessation Programs
American Cancer Society/ American Lung Association/American Heart Association
342-4567
 
Yuba County Health and Human Services Department Public Health Division 
Tobacco Education 
October 2016 Schedule
(English)  (Spanish)  (Hmong)

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

Al-Anon/Alateen
www.al-anon.alateen.org