This isn’t your typical “don’t do drugs” speech. We believe in enhancing the skills of teens to ensure healthy choices are made in all aspects of their lives. We work to support protective factors while lowering risk factors. Protective factors can be anything from a strong commitment to school, being involved in extracurricular activities, to having high self-esteem and a strong sense of self.
Communicate with openness and honesty
Highlight the positive in them
Be flexible, but play an active role in their life
Practice active listening
Establish family agreements together
Continue talking with your teens as they get older
Choose informal times to talk, such as in the car or while watching TV
Be clear and consistent about your expectations regarding drug use
Let them know you care and are always there for them
Check in frequently to see how they are doing
Peer Pressure can be powerful, make a plan with your teen about how to handle situations involving drug use. Think of action steps, people to call, and practice together.