addiction helpline - 1145gambling helpline - 1114
for a teen
There are many signs that could indicate that an adolescent is using illegal substances including changes in appearance, mood swings, frequent absences from school, etc. However, the boundaries between normal teenager behaviour and behaviour related to substance abuse can sometimes be blurred, so please don’t jump to hasty conclusions.

Still, if you suspect or know that your child is using substances (alcohol, drugs), it is important to know that you are not alone and that you seek help promptly. Panic, guilt, concealing the problem from the other parent or trying to ignore it cannot help you or your child.

Be calm, loving and supportive. Try to work out if your child has other personal or emotional problems. Do not hesitate to seek information and help from a specialist. A phone call is all it takes to arrange an appointment at which you can discuss KETHEA programs for adolescents and their families, share your concerns, and get expert information and guidance on what you should do next. All our services are free and completely confidential, and there are no waiting lists. 

Remember that experimentation with illegal substances in adolescence does not necessarily lead to addiction, and can be treated highly efficiently with flexible early intervention programs tailored to your family’s needs.

Search for the nearest KETHEA programme for adolescents and young adults. 

Call 1145 (if the problem relates to illegal substances) and 1114 (if the problem is related to gambling) to receive psychological counselling or more information.

Search the KETHEA network for all the available services.
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