KIDS AND DRUGS: A Parent's Handbook of Drug Abuse, Prevention and Treatment by

KIDS AND DRUGS: A Parent's Handbook of Drug Abuse, Prevention and Treatment

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hard-line guidance for parents convinced that this is the path to take with children who have, or are in danger of developing, a drug problem. Baron is medical director of the Drug Abuse Program of America and a practicing psychiatrist. He leads off with basic information on common recreational drugs, from marijuana to narcotics; the physical symptoms of drug abuse (change in activity level, altered speech patterns, etc.); and the social and emotional changes to watch for (mood alteration, drop in school performance). Some readers will find this old hat, or of questionable practicality (watching adolescents for ""new idols, especially drug-using rock stars, songs with drug lyrics. . .""), or personally objectionable (""parents should never hesitate to examine their children's rooms if drug use is suspected""). To counter drug abuse, Baron advises organizing parent support groups, lobbying for community and legislative action, and setting a code of behavior: ""All children must attend school and abide by all rules and regulations. They may not congregate in areas at school where drugs are used or associate with kids who use drugs. . . ."" Lastly, Baron outlines his plan for clinical treatment of drug-abusing teens--in fairly dense clinical terms (""individual therapy is initially supportive and 'investigative'. . .""). Nothing particularly inventive--but a point-by-point review of an established program for those so-minded. Otherwise, Stephen J. Levy's Managing the ""Drugs"" in Your Life (p. 699) is still the most valuable family sourcebook--supplemented, perhaps, by Bell and Wildflower's forthcoming Talking with Your Teenager (p. I 186).

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1983
Publisher: Perigee/Putnam