Teaching the power of saying “no”

family at homeThe ever-present element of peer pressure is something that most teenagers have to deal with, and those moments can be among the most stressful that they face. Parents who want to keep their children away from drugs and alcohol can have open conversations with them about these confusing times. They can also go a step beyond that and advise them on how to respond, with specific examples that can be practiced and rehearsed, and how having like-minded friends can be advantageous as well.

Here’s a look at some ways parents can help their teens to say no, and to make the right choices. [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…]

How to have a stress free holiday season

shutterstock_523883950The fun and festive nature of the holiday season also comes with potential stress. And for people dealing with substance abuse issues — teenagers and adults — the holidays can significantly amplify that stress.

In a story for Psychology Today, Adi Jaffe writes that this stress “can bring even long-dormant behavior back to the surface.” And those without a strong family background “are often left feeling alone and isolated during the holidays, another powerful source of the shame and boredom that can drive addictive behavior.”

Here’s a look at some of the challenges that the holidays can present and tips on how to approach them. [Read more…]