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How to Help Your Child Avoid

Substance Use

ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF YOUNGER TEENS (and beyond)

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age: (Source: Partnership to End Addiction) https://drugfree.org/article/prevention-tips-for-every-age/

 

Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention: (Source: DEA) https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-06/growing-up-drug-free-2017.pdf

Positive Parenting Tips: (Source:  CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/index.html

Prevention Tips, Middle School: (Source:   Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health)

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/prevention-tips-for-your-middle-school-aged-child

 

Preparing Your Young Children for a Healthy, Drug-free future:

(Source:   Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health)

http://files.hria.org/files/SA3568.pdf

 

Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child about Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs: (Source:  Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health)

http://files.hria.org/files/SA1020.pdf

 

Teen brain development, teen behavior and preventing drug use:

(Source:   Partnership to End Addiction)     

https://drugfree.org/article/teen-brain-development/

 

Why do teens drink and use substances, and is it "normal"?:

(Source:   Partnership to End Addiction)

https://drugfree.org/article/why-do-teens-drink-and-use-substances/

 

Medication Misuse: What You Need to Know to Help Protect Children, Teens and Young Adults:  (Source: Partnership to End Addiction)

https://drugfree.org/article/medication-misuse-what-you-need-to-know-to-help-protect-children-teens-and-young-adults/

 

ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF OLDER TEENS

 

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age: (Source: Partnership to End Addiction) https://drugfree.org/article/prevention-tips-for-every-age/

 

Prevention Tips, High School: (Source:   Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health)

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/prevention-tips-for-your-high-school-aged-adolescent

 

Preventing Drug Use: Connecting and Talking with Your Teen:                

(Source: Partnership to End Addiction) 

 https://drugfree.org/article/connecting-with-your-teen/

Substance Use + Mental Health in Teens and Young Adults: (Source: Partnership to End Addiction)
https://drugfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Substance-Use-Mental-Health-in-Teens-and-Young-Adults.pdf

My Child Tried Drugs. What Should I Do?:  Source:  Partnership to End Addiction)               https://drugfree.org/my-child-tried-drugs-what-should-i-do/

If You Discover Your Child is Using Drugs: Start Talking: (Source:  Partnership to End Addiction)  

https://drugfree.org/article/start-talking/

 

Addressing Substance Use: Set Limits & Monitor Behavior: (Source: Partnership to End Addiction)                            

https://drugfree.org/article/set-limits-monitor/

 

Active Listening: How to Stop Fighting and Start Communicating: (Source:  Partnership to End Addiction)                       

https://drugfree.org/article/active-listening/

 

Use Positive Reinforcement to Help Change Behavior: (Source: Partnership to End Addiction)    

https://drugfree.org/article/positive-reinforcement/

 

Setting Limits & Monitoring Behavior to Prevent Substance Use: (Source:   Partnership to End Addiction)            

https://drugfree.org/article/set-limits-monitor-your-teens-behavior/

 

When Your Child Sees Substance Use as an Answer, Not a Problem: (Source:  Partnership to End Addiction)  

https://drugfree.org/article/substance-use-as-an-answer-not-a-problem/

 

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Parties:  (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-To-Teen-Parties.aspx

Reference Books

 

The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide: A Neurodevelopmental Guide for Parents and Families Who Want to Prevent Youth High-Risk Behavior 
by Crystal Collier PhD| October 15, 2020  "Brain-Based-Parenting"

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents

by Joseph A. Califano | Sep 9, 2014

The Parent's 20 Minute Guide (Second Edition) Paperback – January 26, 2016 

by The Center for Motivation and Change 

 

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt | Jan 6, 2015

 

Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety: A Complete Guide to Your Child's Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescence

by Dr. John Duffy  | Jan 1, 2021

 

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

by Vivek H Murthy M.D.  | Apr 7, 2020