My Kid is Using, Now What?

Some children may experiment with alcohol and other drugs as they approach their teen years and begin to experience many emotional and physical changes.

 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids – https://drugfree.org/

This website provides support and guidance to families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use.

Parent resources include…

  • Parent Helpline (call, text, and email options)
  • Parent Blog
  • Advocate for Change

 

Keep Connected – https://keepconnected.searchinstitute.org/

This campaign offers all kinds of families—and organizations that support them—ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships. Their goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves.

Parent resources include…

  • Strengthen Your Family Relationships
  • Growing Up Responsibly
  • Take a Family Relationship Quiz

 

Communication Tips for Parents – American Psychological Association

Listening and talking is the key to a healthy connection between you and your children. But parenting is hard work and maintaining a good connection with teens can be challenging, especially since parents are dealing with many other pressures. Learn more with this guide.

 

Connecting with Your Teen –  Partnership for a Drug Free Kids

Even though your children might be pulling away, itching for more independence, deep down they want to be involved in the family and know that you still love and care for them. A strong bond with your child, especially during the teen years, helps reduce the chances of engaging in risky behavior. It helps set the stage for preventing drug and alcohol use. Learn more with this guide.

 

Monitoring Your Teen’s Activities: What Parents Should Know – ourdarien.org

Parents are a powerful influence in the lives of their teens. When parents make a habit of knowing about their teens—what they are doing, who they are with, and where they are and setting clear expectations for behavior with regular check-ins to be sure these expectations are being met—they can reduce their teens’ risks for injury, pregnancy, and drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. These parents are monitoring their teens’ activities and behavior. Learn more with this guide.