Behavior Appropriate for SAP Referral
Observing any of the following would a reason to refer to SAP
- Academic decline
- Attendance / tardiness issues
- Disciplinary problems
- Frequent visits to the Nurse and/or Guidance office
- Decreased attention span
- Expressions of anger, sadness
- Loss of interest in extra curricula activities
- Distinct behavior change or a change of friends
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Excessive talking, laughing inappropriately, poor anger management, disrespect to parents, teachers, authority figures
- Overheard (firsthand) conversations about feeling very sad or depressed
- Someone expressing concerns or fears about a fellow student’s use of mood altering substances
- Odors on clothes or belongings that are similar to those associated with the use of alcohols, or other drug, or inhalant abuse
- Frequent trips to the restroom
- Drug-related, satanic-related or death related language or drawings
- Glassy-eyes, red eyes, agitation
- Frequent cold-like symptoms; rash around nose/mouth, and/or chemical smell
How can I tell if my child is abusing a controlled substance?
If a child shows several of the changes listed below, he or she may be using or experimenting with drugs. These changes may happen in as short a time as two or three months or as long as a year. Most teenagers show symptoms as a normal part of growing up, but parents should still be aware that these changes might be a sign of drug abuse.
- Does your child seem to be changing emotionally? Does your child get angry more quickly and with little reason, show less affection, seem to be keeping secrets, demand more privacy? Is he or she increasingly withdrawn or uncooperative?
- Is your child becoming less responsible? Does your child forget to do homework and chores? Is he or she late for school and /or late coming home?
- Is your child changing friends, dressing differently, or losing interest in school and school related activities?
- Is your child harder to talk to? Does your child avoid talking about the changes in his or her life, refuse to discuss drug issues, defend friends who use drugs? Does your child insist that you are picking on him or her, defend the right to live his or her own life, and prefer to talk about the bad habits of adults?
- Is your child beginning to show physical and mental problems? Is your child frequently confused, out of touch with what’s going on, or slow to understand? Does he or she seem more sensitive to touch, smell or taste or suddenly have a big appetite? Has your child lost weight?
*Taken from Quest International, 1988
DRUG TEST KITS:
Do you suspect that your son or daughter may be using a substance? Parents can purchase eight-panel drug screenings for only $14 from the Student Assistance Program. Purchase this eight-panel drug screening anonymously-no questions asked by contacting Ms. Fitch, and you can test your child in the privacy of your own home–results within minutes. Test kit screens for Alcohol, Amphetamines, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Morphine/Opiates, and OxyContin.
Eight-panel drug screenings may also be purchased anonymously from the Whitehall Police Department.