2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 4, No.
Implications: Recognizing and Dealing with Substance Abuse
- Know the symptoms of drug and alcohol use.
When one or more of these behaviors shows up in someone who has previously
not exhibited them, it's likely drugs are involved.
- Don't jump to the gun. Make sure reports
of substance abuse are reliable or rely on your own observation. Substance
use is hard to identify with certainty; its symptoms may be identical
to those caused by other factors.
- Stay focused. In CPS investigations,
the well-being of the child is the primary concern, not the presence
of drug abuse.
- Guard against personal bias. Although
substance abuse is a factor in many child welfare cases, the majority
of people who use or abuse substances do not abuse or neglect children.
© 1999 Jordan
Institute for Families