Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and coaches often spend more time with teens and young adults than parents do. A student with a problem may feel safe coming to a non-judgemental teacher or coach who can help with relationship problems, concerns about family, or issues with sex or drugs. Educators are on the front line and it is likely you will find yourself faced with a student who has a parent with a drug or alcohol addiction or the student may be seeking help for himself/herself.
Substance abuse is a disease of the brain and the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol are 100% preventable if properly treated in time. Handing a piece of paper with local detox and treatment resources to a family in crises is often not enough. This is uncharted territory for most and substance abuse still carries such a negative stigma that it becomes paralyzing for families to cope with or seek help on their own.