There is a lot ‘cooking’ in the adolescent brain. Harmful substances like tobacco, nicotine, alcohol,marijuana and other drugs turn up the heat. By creating environments that “turn down the temperature” for youth, we can prevent problems from boiling over or even starting to simmer. Just like we turn down the heat on a stove, communities can keep youth from harm by making sensible changes.
We understand that talking with your teen about alcohol and drug use isn’t easy. If you are struggling to start a conversation about substance use with your child, you aren’t alone.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that you are your child’s most valuable resource when it comes to preventing substance use. Research backs it up: teens whose parents talk to them often about substance use are less likely to use drugs or drink alcohol.
Just remember, there is help. Here are some basic tips to get you started: