Many depressed teenagers also have problems with alcohol or other drugs. In some cases, the depression comes first and they try using drugs as a way to escape. Other times, the alcohol or other drug use comes first, and depression is caused by the drug itself. The important thing is that if someone has one or both of these problems, the sooner they get help the better. This program teaches how to be honest about both issues - showing how depressed teens can deal effectively with their illness without substance abuse and how to communicate with people who can help them get into treatment.
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