Parents are the number one reason a teen decides not to drink or use other drugs,
PARENTAL DISAPPROVAL IS A POWERFUL TOOL.
What you can do to prevent underage drinking and drug use?
|eat dinner together regularly||always be caring and supportive||maintain open lines of communication|
|set a no drinking or drugging rule, have consequences, and be consistent with them||surround your child with positive role models||keep track of alcohol and prescription medication in the home. Monitor and Secure and Dispose!|
|check in with your teens about their plans and ask them about alcohol and marijuana||be up and ready for your teen at curfew, talk with them about their night||have the names and numbers of your child’s friends parents|
Be aware of factors that may increase the risk of teen alcohol use and other drugs
- Significant social transitions such as graduating to middle or high school or getting a driver’s license
- A history of conduct problems
- Depression and other serious emotional problems
- A family history of alcoholism
- Contact with peers involved in deviant activities
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a Nation-wide nonprofit dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and families impacted by addiction. Here you can:
- Find Parent Tool Kits
- Parent blogs and support groups
- Information on how to talk to teens about drugs and alcohol
- What to do if you think you child may be using or if you know your child is using
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education provides free and confidential information and referrals. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Language interpreters are available.
1-800-327-5050 phone/ 888-448-8321 toll fee
The Institute for Health and Recovery is a statewide service with research, policy, and program development. IHR is here to assist in comprehensive care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, mental health problems, and violence/trauma.
349 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02139
617-661-3991 ext.116 phone/ 1-866-705-2807 toll free
IHR SAFE Project focuses on young people 13-24 who are experiencing behavioral health problems due to substance use. The SAFE project is community based and will meet you where your at.
- Pocket Resource Guide for People and Family Members Dealing with Substance Use and Abuse
- Resources on substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment
- Massachusetts Organization for Addition Recovery
- Social Host Liability
- Healthy relationships-sexuality-and-disability-resource-guide from the Department of Public Health and the Department of Developmental Services newly revised for 2014