Parents are the most important influence in
a teens decision about drug and alcohol
use. The best way to help your child stay
off of drugs is to talk about it before it
happens. Teens are still developing judgment
and decision making skills that limit their
ability to assess risks accurately and make
sound, well thought out decisions about
drugs and alcohol. There are many outside
influences that are tempting your child, at
school and in the community. Your childs
best defense against those forces is you!
Despite your best efforts to keep your child
drug free, you may have noticed something
is going on. You just cant put your finger
on it but you know something is different.
Behaviors and attitudes change as a result
of these chemicals. You can visit
www.about.com and answer some questions
that will help you know if there is a chance
your child is using drugs or alcohol.
If you decide there may be a problem,
What do you do?
Whom do you contact?
There are many resources available to
help you know what to do or who to ask.
Dont hesitate! Contact someone who can
help! You can talk to:
your childs doctor
or his/her school
or you can contact a substance abuse
or your minister, priest or rabbi
But get help for your child!
Get Connected Family Resource Center is also
available to help. We have Family Navigators
who have personally dealt with this issue in
their families. We can help you find the
resources for the help you need.