Alcohol Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

shutterstock_585761444April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, which was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in 1987. According to the council’s website, the aim is “to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.” This includes awareness campaigns and events in communities throughout the country.

For parents of teenagers, it can be a reminder of how challenging these years are and the destructive role that alcohol can play in teens’ lives. Here are several things for parents to remember when navigating these difficult times. [Read more…]

The Power of Conversation

Intervention Tips You Can UseThe first step in dealing with teenagers about alcohol or drug use is of course to talk with them. But a parent’s first instinct may be to present a one-sided look at this — never do this, never do that, that’s the law.

There’s much more to it than that, and parents should understand how important listening is to the process. Hearing out the teenager to truly understand his or her perspective can help to keep the parent-child bond strong, which can then aid future conversations.

Here’s a look at the importance of listening to teenagers in these scenarios. [Read more…]

Steps for stopping addictive teen behavior

shutterstock_483300244Once the Christmas rush slows down, the holiday season can be a time of reflection. For parents of teenagers that are using drugs and alcohol, the time may be useful to contemplate this dangerous path, and to make a plan to stop the teen’s behavior before it gets worse. The way parents interact with the child is essential, and it may be necessary to examine the possibility of a treatment center.

Here’s a look at some of these potential steps for parents. [Read more…]

Beware the dangers of halloween weekend

halloweenIt’s time again for the annual fun of ghosts and goblins, candy and costumes. Halloween can be entertaining for all ages. But as with so many other holidays and events, it can be a time to be concerned about alcohol and drug use among teenagers.

Halloween parties may be the biggest concern, whether they’re thrown at a schoolmate’s house or some other venue. Teens in costumes may feel like being more adventurous, which could lead to experimentation. And the numbers show that it’s a highly dangerous night on the roads.

Here’s a look at several Halloween-related concerns and tips for parents. [Read more…]

Taking on tough conversations

Supporting your teenagerTough conversations come with the territory for parents. As children reach teenage years, the potential exposure to alcohol and drugs can lead to some of these difficult conversations. One question from a child that might cause a moment of panic: “Did you try drugs or alcohol when you were young?”

If the answer is yes, will confirming it make it seem like it’s OK for the teen to do the same? If it’s yes, and the parent denies it, then you’re dealing with a lie from that point forward.

It’s complicated, and so are some of the differing studies on the topic. Here’s a look at some of those questions and tips from experts.

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