Programs + Resources

Tips + Resources for Parents

Casco Bay CAN Videos


Click here to watch Dr. Duffy’s live presentation

Click here to listen to Dr. Duffy’s forum which highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress

Answering Your Child’s Tough Questions About Alcohol

Addiction Resource Center

Anonymous Tip Line

2 to 4 Year Old Tips

5 to 8 Year Old Tips

9 to 12 Year Old Tips

5 Ways to Reduce Your Teen’s Risk

40 Developmental Assets to Help Raise A Child

Reading list – books donated by Casco Bay CAN and available at your local libraries

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator- SAMHSA

Casco Bay CAN Rack Card: How Does Marijuana Affect Teens?

Counselors – Local serving youth

2-1-1 Maine Text to Seek Local Substance Use Treatment

DEA’s Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth & Young Adults

Drug Guide for Parents

Growing Up Drug Free- A Parent’s Guide to Prevention

Family Guide for Teen Parties

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations

Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child

How to Talk To Your Kids About Drugs If You Did Drugs

LGBTQ Youth Resources

Maine Liquor Laws: What Adults and Teens Need to Know (VIDEO)

Marijuana Facts to Prevent Teen Use (VIDEO)

Parent Tool Kit

Parenting Tips, Advice and Help

Party Hosting: Don’t Provide The Means (VIDEO)

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Tips (VIDEO)

Prom & Graduation Safety Tips for Parents

Relationships First, Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive

Risk & Protective Factors

Safeguard Your Future

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and CRAFFT Tool

The Power of Grandparents

The Telling Room Project: Advice to Incoming High School Students from Casco Bay Region Upperclassmen

Transitions from Preschool to College Poster

Transitions from Preschool to College Rack Card

Transition to Middle School Tips

What Parents Can Do

What Parents Should Know About Teens, Drinking and Drugs

Your Childs Treatment Roadmap A Guide to Navigating the Addiction Treatment System

Be A Good Role Model for Teens

Lead day-to-day examples of your values. Show compassion, honesty, generosity and openness you want young people to have. Teens who learn anti-drug or alcohol use messages at home are 50% more likely to use. Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to teen’s drinking and drug use.

Build Your Support Network

Build a support network to connect with others when an issue arises. Below are some community and health specialists who can guide and inform you:

  • School counselors and student assistance professionals
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Family doctors or pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Faith leaders
  • Community health centers

Set Ground Rules for Teens

  • Set clear rules and discuss in advance the consequences of breaking them.
  • The rules must be consistently enforced.
  • Set a curfew. And enforce it strictly. Be prepared to negotiate for special occasions.
  • Have teens check in at regular times when they’re away from home or school
  • Call parents whose home is to be used for a party. On party night, don’t be afraid to stop in to say hello (and make sure that adult supervision is in place).
  • Make it easy to leave a party where alcohol or drugs are being used. Discuss in advance how to signal you or another designated adult who will come to pick your teen up the moment he or she feels uncomfortable.
  • Listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to intervene if your gut reaction tells you that something is wrong.

Staying in Touch with your Teen

  • Make a list of your teens activities for the coming day and put it on the fridge, on a calendar or in your wallet or pocketbook.
  • Walk through your neighborhood and note where your teen’s age hang out.
  • Know your teen’s friends. Have a small party at your house and invite the parents of teen’s friends.
  • Work with other parents to get a list of everyone’s addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers so you can keep in touch with your teen.
  • Occasionally check to see that your teen is where they said they were going to be.