Resources for Parents & Teens
Helpful Links + Resources
Our community has overwhelming amount of young people using prescription drugs and alcohol. We are actively facilitating and developing programs and strategies for preventing underage substance abuse in order to increase the health and safety of our community, focusing on our youth. Below are some helpful tools, information and resources that could give assistance in the journey toward prevention.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse for science about drug abuse and dependence.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency is a great resource for information about substance abuse.
- Family Check-up Resource for positive parenting to prevent substance use by youth.
- Underage Drinking Resource for the latest information on underage drinking.
- Parent Coaching Site for information about Coaching, interventions and other help for parents.
- A blog for parents, “Growing Up Chaotic”, an ongoing discussion surrounding growing up in a family with substance issues.
- Be The Parents for information regarding underage drinking issues.
- Talk to your kids about marijuana. Ideas in this toolkit.
- Connect The Pieces, an Educational Resource for families interested in prevention, treatment and recovery.
Facts + FAQ
- Alcohol kills 6 1/2 times more teenagers than all other illicit drugs combined in the United States.
- Nationally, teenagers whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug use are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t.
- More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school in the U.S.A.
- 20 percent of Blaine County 8th graders report that they have tried marijuana.
- Nationally, 28 percent of teens know a classmate or friend who has used ecstasy (Teen Substance Abuse).
- Blaine County youth typically self report much higher substance abuse rates than their state and national peers.
- Nationally, kids who learn about drug risks from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use, but only 1 in 10 parents say they’ve spoken to their kids about drugs.
- Underage drinking costs the United States more than $58 billion every year.
- Nationally, teens who begin drinking by age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop addiction than if they abstain until age 21.
- Nationally, teens that drink are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than teens who never consume alcohol. 63 percent of the youth who drink alcohol say that they initially got the alcohol from their own or their friend’s homes.
- They want to fit in with friends or certain groups.
- They like the way it makes them feel.
- They believe it makes them more grown up.
It’s important to be aware of the signs that your teen may be abusing alcohol, drugs, or other substances. Some of the signs include:
- Red eyes and health complaints, such as being overly tired. If your teen often uses over-the-counter eyedrops, he or she may be trying to cover up red eyes caused by smoking marijuana.
- Less interest in school, a drop in grades, and skipping classes or school altogether.
- New friends who have little interest in their families or school activities.
- Chemical-soaked rags or papers, which may mean that your teen is inhaling vapors. Other signs of this are paint or other stains on your teen’s clothing, hands, or face.
- Talk to your child early about what you expect in his or her behavior toward alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. If your teen thinks that you will allow substance use, he or she is more likely to try drugs or alcohol.
- Keep your teen busy with meaningful activities, such as sports, church programs, or other groups.
- Expect your teen to follow the household rules. Set reasonable penalties for bad behavior, and consistently carry them out.
- Keep talking with your teen. Praise your teen for even the little things he or she does well.
- Know your child’s friends. Having friends who avoid cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs may be your teen’s best protection from substance abuse.