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person who is sick or disabled. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Substance abuse within the family threatens the health of the entire family. Without intervention and outside help, this problem can cause the family system to break down. If a family member has a substance abuse problem, seek immediate help from trusted adults, school personnel, or organizations such as Alateen. These resources can help you understand the problem and guide you in getting additional assistance. 283 Lesson 2 Change and the Family When a family member becomes ill or disabled, the rest of the family assumes responsibility for his or her care. What are some ways that teens can help in the care of a family member who is ill or disabled? Caring. When you seek help for a problem that affects the health of the family, you are demonstrating caring. Make a list of people you think you could approach for assistance if a family member has a substance abuse problem. HS_HEALTH_U04_C11_L2 12/6/03 9:26 AM Page 283
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What Would You Do? How would you respond if you were Craig? Finish the rest of this dialogue, incorporating effective communication skills to demon- strate how Craig shows support and empathy. 1. Listen attentively. 2. Use “I” statements. 3. Speak in a respectful tone of voice. 4. Display appropriate body language. Coping with Family Changes t is important to manage the stress caused by family changes. In I some cases, this may be as simple as communicating your needs and wants to a family member. Talking with family members can often reduce the stress. If a parent is unavailable, find another adult who can help, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, member of the clergy, or a member of your extended family. Additional strategies for managing family stress include the following: Do what you can to help. For example, if your parents are feeling stressed, you might be able to reduce their burden by taking on added chores and responsibilities. Knowing that you are helping out can make you feel better. Read books about the subject or talk to people who have faced a similar problem. You may find strategies for managing the problem. Use stress-management techniques. Engage in physical activity, get adequate sleep, eat nutritious meals, and find a way to relax, such as listening to soothing music. 284 Chapter 11 Family Relationships Communication: That’s What Friends Are For “Are you okay?” Craig asked his friend Robert after school one day. “You seem down.” Robert hesitated before admitting, “My parents have decided to get a divorce. My dad’s going to move across town soon. One of these days, I know that they’re going to ask me who I want to live with. I feel close to both my mom and dad, and I don’t want to have to choose sides. Everything is changing. I want to talk to my parents about my feelings and worries, but I’m afraid I’ll add to their problems.” stress-management techniques To learn more about managing stress, see Chapter 8, page 209.
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