Start a Conversation

Talking to your child about drugs, alcohol, and other social pressures is a difficult thing. We are here to help give you the tools and resources you need to make that conversation as easy and productive as possible.

Research shows that parents are one of the leading influences in a child’s life when it comes to decisions about substance and alcohol use. The best thing you can do for your child is make sure they are educated about how certain decisions can impact their lives, and they have the power to influence their own health.

For more information and tips about how to talk to your child about substance abuse and alcohol, please visit these helpful websites:

Fast Facts for Parents

Factors that may increase the risk of underage drinking/marijuana use:

  • Transitions from middle school to high school and the desire to fit in
  • History of social or emotional problems
  • Family history of alcoholism/marijuana use
  • Peers involved in underage drinking/marijuana use

Factors that may decrease the risk of underage drinking/marijuana use:

  • Parental involvement in child's life
  • Set limits/give consequences for undesirable behavior
  • Know where your children are, who they are with, what they are doing
  • Get to know your child's friend's parents. Let them know about your feelings about underage drinking/marijuana use (SAMHSA)