My son will be entering high school this fall. He has always been a good kid, but I have heard that kids can be vulnerable to using drugs and alcohol during times of stress and change. Is there anything I can do to help him?
I am happy to see that you are thinking ahead to prevent drug and alcohol use for your son. You're right that kids are more likely to use drugs and alcohol during times of stress and change. The good news is that according to PreventionWorksNH.org, families are the #1 reason kids choose not to drink. They don't want to let their parents, grandparents or guardians down. Getting involved and sending clear, supportive messages will go a long way in helping your young teen.
Here are a couple of things you can do to help your son manage change and reduce his risk of using drugs and alcohol:
1. Review the "Parent Talk Kit" for specific scenarios and tips for talking to kids as they enter high school, manage stress and potentially deal with exposure to drugs and alcohol
2. Consider your own alcohol or drug use. When kids see adults misuse alcohol and drugs it can send a message to kids that alcohol and drug use is okay. Adults using substances to reduce stress after work, or relax at a party can give kids the wrong message.
3. Remind your child that most kids in this region are NOT using drugs and alcohol.
4. Make sure your home is safe, lock up medications and alcohol.
5. Get the facts: for more information go to:
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