If your child’s school has a school counselor, guidance counselor or social worker, he or she can provide essential guidance about substance abuse issues.
School counselors–as well as school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and others in similar positions–provide assistance to students on a variety of issues, including those related to education, mental health, substance abuse, family/home life and more.
School counselors work with students who are under-performing in school or appear to be engaging in risky behavior to make sure they are substance free. They get referrals and information about students from other members of the school and work with those who need the assistance of a counselor. They also refer students to external help for related issues.
School counselors will often notify parents if they believe their kids are engaging in risk behavior or abusing drugs or alcohol. Sometimes they’ll work together with the parents to put at-risk kids on a safer and healthier path. They provide resources, assistance and external help to parents.
Parents can call the school and ask for the school counselor or anyone in a related role. Some schools have social workers, guidance counselors and/or psychologists, so it is important to check what types of professionals exist in your school when it comes to these support services. Information about how to contact the school can be found on school mailings like calendars and pamphlets.