Information for Parents
What keeps children substance-free?
Children are less at-risk when:
- Their parents communicate their expectations.
- Other adults listen, spend time with them and tell them not to use.
- They feel like their community cares about them.
- They have something positive to do with their time.
- You may feel like there's nothing you can do, but children are listening and they will hear you. So send them positive messages about their role in the community and about staying substance-free. Get involved in helping them make the right choices.
What’s Happening in the Teen Brain?
New discoveries about adolescent brain development have opened up fresh ways of thinking about teen behavior and offer new insight into how parents can help their teens understand the risks of drugs and alcohol
Why Do Teens Act The Way They Do?
Have you ever looked at your teenager and wondered: “Why do you act this way?” From mood swings to risky behavior, “normal teenage behavior” looks like everything but normal! However, studies have shown that patterns of brain development during these teenage years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions. In other words, there is actual a biological explanation behind the madness.
(Eleanor Davis/For The Washington Post)
Scientists have learned that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop. To some degree, you can consider the teen brain still on “training wheels” – it’s not yet able to perform at optimal adult levels. A huge burst of development happens during adolescence, and that burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.
Reasons Kids Use:
Reason 1: To Feel Grown Up
Reason 2: To Fit in and Belong
Reason 3: To Relax and Feel Good
Reason 4: To Take Risks and Rebel
Reason 5: To Satisfy Curiosity
To read more on adolescent substance use/abuse and what you should know as a parent please check out the following websites:
HOW SOON DO I START TALKING TO MY CHILDREN ABOUT ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS?
The research says by age 9.
Introducing the Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids eBook for Families - A Comprehensive Resource for Families with a Teen or Young Adult Struggling with Opioid Use
Maryland Public Schools: Heroin and Opiate Awareness Toolkit
Growing Up Drug Free - A Parent's Guide to Prevention