Talking with Teens About Alcohol and Other Drugs: 5 Conversation Goals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a substance use prevention campaign, “Talk. They Hear You.” that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Read about the 5 conversation goals to have with your teens below.

 

Start Conversations to Help Kids With Saying No to Risky Behaviors

From the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and Ask, Listen, Learn: Parents: navigating the teenage years with our children can prove overwhelming. From academics and sports, to social media and technology, kids are faced with countless pressures and often times, risky situations. It’s important for parents to guide their teens, and their developing brains, through a healthy lifestyle. As kids become adults and go through changes and transitions, it’s important to keep having conversations.
Check out the short video in the link below!

 

 

10 Things Parents Can Do To Keep Their Kids Safe From Addiction

When prevention works, it is the only treatment that is 100% safe and effective. Families are front-and-center in successful prevention efforts.”
-Dr. Mark Gold, Addiction Psychiatrist and Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Short video below featuring 10 Things Parents Can Do To Keep Keeps Safe!

 

 

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking!

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life.
It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.

When to Talk
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
What to say
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.”

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.

Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.

Worried About a Friend?

Worried someone you know is using substances or might have a substance use disorder? Check out this infographic from SAMHSA about how to start a conversation. It isn’t always easy but these talking tips can help!

SAMHSA encourages parents to talk with their college-bound young adults about alcohol use. If you are a parent, a high school or college administrator, or an organization serving parents and teens, please download these free materials and share them with other caring adults.

 

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions
Sunday, October 25, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME
An overview of Stigma and Small Group Discussions led and facilitated by Suzanne Fox, Executive Director, The Yellow Tulip Project. Learn more here.

Dr. John Duffy Hosts Virtual Forum

Thank you to Dr. John Duffy who helped us host a virtual community forum held on September 24th. The author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress. No video is available for this session, so take a listen!