Since thousands upon thousands of everyday substances can, in adequate dosages, cause an altered mental, emotional, or physical state, itâ€™s impossible to catalogue all of them. Itâ€™s also impossible for parents or law enforcement to entirely stay ahead of, monitor, or regulate the use of these dangerous alternatives to illegal drugs and alcohol. Nonetheless, parents and others concerned with the safety of young people do well to understand trends in the use of legal and easily accessed intoxicants. Information can help parents and others detect dangerous substance abuse and, just as importantly, engage their teen with accurate information and informed concern.
Dual diagnosis can require an integrated approach to treatment that is delivered by a single team of caregivers whose approach is philosophically congruent, intensely collaborative and well coordinated.