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Drug and Alcohol Abuse

How to recognize the warning signs

Caring adults, parents, family members and other caregivers have the best chance of helping children grow up to be drug-free. The messages parents deliver influence children, not just for today, but throughout their lives.

"Facts for Parents," provided by the American Council for Drug Education, is designed to provide you with practical advice and up-to-date information as you broach this difficult subject, such as: basic facts about drugs, talking with your child about drugs, drugs and pregnancy issues, recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug use and more. To visit the American Council for Drug Education web site and learn more about this important issue, click here.

Where can I go locally for help?

There are many agencies and programs in the Capital District area to help you and your child get help when it comes to abuse of drugs and alcohol. A few are provided below.

115 Ontario Street Albany, NY 12206

Since 1967, the Addictions Care Center has been a part of the community, strengthening the lives and improving the futures of thousands of individuals. Through intensive, proactive programs customized to individual needs, The Addictions Care Center of Albany touches the lives of more than 6,000 people throughout the Capital Region each year. Please take the time to explore our programs to learn more about our vision of “healing the hearts of everyone touched by addiction.”

79 Glenridge Road Glenville, NY 12302

Conifer Park is a private residential chemical dependency treatment facility situated on 32 wooded acres in Glenville, New York. The facility offers comprehensive services for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse in a beautiful, tranquil setting conducive to recovery.

3 Mercy Lane Guilderland, NY 12085

St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center (SPARC) offers individuals and families a comprehensive range of care and services for people affected by drug or alcohol abuse. More than 5,000 people with drug and alcohol problems are treated each year at SPARC's eight Capital Region locations. SPARC helps patients gain control of their lives and learn how to gain physical, emotional and spiritual well-being without dependency on alcohol or other chemical substances. We are mindful of the sensitivity and attention all persons require and deserve when seeking personal help with addiction.

To make a referral please contact: 452-6750 or 720-8003

The Youth Assistance Program is designed for high school and college students who are having problems at home, work, school and in the community as a result of alcohol and drugs. SPARC and Albany County Stop DWI partner with local foundations to provide a four-week, 10-hour educational program for at-risk youth. The program cost is $200, scholarships are available. Parents are welcome to attend free of charge.