Life-Line: When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

For nearly 20 years Life-Line has brought hope and healing to thousands of families suffering from substance abuse, depression, family relationship problems, criminal behavior, school problems, pornography, out-of-control and other destructive behaviors that prevent youth from being happy and successful. They help both teens and their families make positive changes for life.

Parent Jodi Call and Life-Line Admissions Director Shawna Meredith guest on Studio 5

A History of Caring

Life-Line was founded in 1990 by a small group of parents and professionals who were concerned about the growing scourge of teen addiction – and the alarmingly high rate of relapse associated with traditional treatments. Over the years, Life-Line has grown to be a strong force in the community. Life-Line serves families whether they live locally or across the nation. It now has provided treatment to thousands of teens and their families and is poised to help more people in more ways than ever before.

A Family-Centered Program

When a teen is in trouble it affects the entire family. Life-Line is about putting families back together again. Life-Line’s model is based on the premise that teens recover within the context of their families. Parent-focused interventions are the most supported form of treatment for youth conduct problems.

As a parent, you may be confused about the behavior you see in your teen. What is normal? How do you know the difference between a stretch for autonomy and real trouble? If your child’s life has become unmanageable, if you are being responsible and accountable for your child instead of them being responsible and accountable for themselves; they need intervention.

They require rigorous honesty, forthright introspection, a thorough understanding of choice and accountability…. and a sincere desire to change.

Life-Line can help your family achieve this change!

Here is what to look for:

• Downward shift in peers: lifelong friends are replaced by new friends that the child is reluctant to have you meet. Your child may also be hanging out with friends that you do not approve of.

• Deterioration in school performance: declining grades, increased truancy, apathy, decreased extracurricular activities.

• Deterioration of family relationships: family conflict, curfew violation, aggressive behavior toward parents and siblings, constant breaking of rules, blaming others for their problems, spending more and more time away from home.

• Self-destructive behavior: cutting, suicidal ideation.; talk or attempt. Risky, impulsive and compulsive behaviors.

• Involvement with the law: drug related charges (possession, public intoxication, DUI), vandalism, shoplifting, etc.

• Change in personal habits: sudden mood changes, apathy, eating and sleeping disturbances, poor hygiene, change in church attendance, defiance toward authority.

• Evidence of drug use: drug paraphernalia, unknown substances in plastic bags, extensive use of eye drops, cologne/incense to mask odor, drunken or stoned behavior, unexplained losses of money belonging to others, school reports of known or suspected drug use, possession of drugs (to which the excuse may be, “I’m only holding it for a friend”).

If your child is exhibiting such behaviors, they may well be involved in serious problems that need help. Life-Line is there to give you that help!

Contact Life-Life if you need help with your child. They’re located at 1130 West Center Street, North Salt Lake, Utah 84054. Call at (801) 936-4000 or for more information online, check out

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