We all know that there are indications of substance abuse that are apparent and need immediate attention such as possession of drug paraphernalia, admitted use of alcohol or illicit drugs and use that extends beyond the realm of experimentation. However, in the early stages of drug use, parents need to look for subtle signs of change in their child. Signs like mood swings, angry outbursts over seemingly benign issues, a change in friends, lack of interest in school and/or family matters and an inability to focus can all be signs of use.
Very often there is an attitude among rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics that they know what is best for the client, but research shows that including the client (and family) in the treatment process and giving them a say in what goes on increases the chances for long-term recovery. These centers and clinics also do not provide supervision tools and a quick response to the triggers and issues one faces while maintaining sobriety. At Anchorpoint, we bring all of the treatment services directly to the family who are not only included but are an integral source of the recovery process.
Anchorpoint converges on the problem of substance abuse from numerous and varied angles including but not limited to GPS mapping, urine screens, room searches, academic advocacy and IT surveillance. These interventions can only be done with parental/guardian approval therefore the child must be 17 years of age or younger.
Acknowledging there is a problem and seeking help is the first step. Anchorpoint will work as an advocate for your child both in the court and academic setting. We are experienced in acquiring the support and help of other agencies for the positive development of each child. Addressing the issue with the proactive stance Anchorpoint provides shows insight, self-awareness and grit – all recognized elements of success regarding substance abuse.
Our assessment process is detailed and expansive, always face to face, and includes all or some of the following: drug assessment, family dynamic assessment, personality assessment, room searches, drug screens, surveillance and supervision techniques and even geographical inquiries. Like a home, the foundation on which it is built determines the soundness of the structure; therefore, once we have gathered all of the information needed, we will create an individualized case plan with all the elements necessary for success.