We Haven’t Forgotten about Marijuana or Alcohol. Neither Should You.

From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

“It’s a rite of passage.”

“He’s just experimenting.”

“It’s a phase. She’ll grow out of it.”

Our culture has a habit of justifying certain types of teen and young adult substance use as perfectly normal, but research indicates otherwise. Ninety percent of addictions begin during the teen years, while the brain is still very much in development. Risk-taking and making mistakes may be normal teen behavior, but when it comes to substance use, there is reason to be concerned and take action.

Help & Hope By Text

Get Opioid Resources and Personal Support Sent Straight to Your Phone Via Text

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids would like to introduce you to Help & Hope by Text, a way to get customized, mobile messages on your cell phone that provide you with personalized, ongoing support and relevant resources for families struggling with heroin and other opioids.

How It Works

It’s a simple process to sign up:

  • Enter your mobile phone number or text JOIN to 55753.
  • Answer a quick series of questions about your child and his or her substance use in order to help customize the messages you’ll receive.
  • Receive messages with information, support and hope specific to your family’s needs.
  • Text CHAT at any time to speak directly with a Parent Helpline Specialist.

Understanding Why Kids Use Drugs and Alcohol

Why Do Teens Drink and Use Drugs?

1) Fitting In
2) Socializing
3) Life Transitions
4) Emotional and Psychological Pain
Why Teens Use Drugs and Alcohol
Learn what you can do as parents by visiting the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids website and viewing the full article.

The Language of Addiction Matters

This post from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a great read! “We need to change language like “junkie,” “addict,” and “alcoholic” if we are to lessen the stigma and negativity that saturates the perception of drug addiction.”

To read the full article, click here.

Parent Support Specialists Available to Chat

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers trained and caring, bilingual, master’s-level specialists to chat with and to help you take the first step toward effective action for a child’s drug or alcohol problem.

*Please note: Support via Facebook is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.

Learn more by visiting their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/partnershipdrugfree/

School Stress and Sleep

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides key takeaways for parents on how to address school stress and sleep:

  • Emphasize that sleep is essential to transfer learned information into memory.
  • Screens should be off and preferably out of the bedroom at least one hour before bed.
  • Help your teen limit caffeine.
  • Avoid napping in the evening, and don’t oversleep on weekends.
  • Be sure they aren’t doing homework in bed, so that their bed is truly a place for rest and no stress, and so that they don’t unintentionally doze while studying, which interrupts a healthy sleep pattern.
  • Talk to your teen about the dangers of abusing stimulants to cram or stay awake.
    If you are feeling overwhelmed or have a question about your child’s drug or alcohol use, call our toll-free Helpline where you can speak with a trained and caring, master’s-level support specialist at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

View the full blog post here

School Stress and Stimulant Abuse

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides key takeaways for parents on how to address school stress and anxiety as it relates to possible unprescribed medications:

  • Talk to your son or daughter about the dangers of drinking and using drugs, including abusing prescription drugs not prescribed to him or her.
  • Remind him or her that it’s okay to ask for help – whether for academics, stress or mental health.
  • Ensure your teen or young adult knows that they are valued for who they are, not what they achieve.
  • Prepare him or her with alternative coping skills such as breathing techniques, mindfulness and other tools to help him or her relax and redirect their thoughts when they are feeling anxious.

View the full blog post here