Parents and caring adults can be one of the most powerful forces in supporting a teen before, during and after substance misuse develops. The first step in being an ally to a child using drugs or alcohol is to get informed. The following categories should give you a greater understanding about what substance use is, what kinds of substances are out there, and how they affect the adolescent brain.
Understanding what addiction is, who is susceptible, and the other long-term consequences associated with adolescent substance use can give you the resources you need to support your child before, during and after substance misuse begins. View Resources
Research has clearly demonstrated that substance use disorders are chronic medical illnesses, with biological, social and behavioral components. And like other chronic medical illnesses (i.e. Type-II Diabetes) substance use disorders and addiction are best managed with an appropriate combination of clinically-proven approaches that include prevention, early intervention, treatment and continuing care. Learn more about evidence-based behavioral therapies and medication assisted treatment options. View Resources
Adolescence is a developmental period of growth and great potential, but it is also a time of risk taking and experimentation including the use of alcohol and other drugs. Research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions. Get the facts. Learn what your kids are talking about if they use ‘slang’ terms, and find definitions for the types of drugs your child may be exposed to. View Resources