Signs and symptoms — what should you look for?
What can you do?
First, review the resources below.
If you believe your child is using alcohol or other drugs, take action as soon as you can. Talk to your child. Tell your child you are concerned and explain the serious consequences of using alcohol or other drugs. If you feel you need the support of a professional, call your family physician or seek the help of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.
The links and downloadable files below can provide guidance for discussing alcohol and drugs with a child of any age.
Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Use
The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Suspect Your Teen is Using Drugs or Drinking
Tips for Parents to Prevent or Reduce Youth Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use
Effects of Drugs on the Teen Brain from FCD Prevention Works
Talking With Teens About Illegal Drugs: How You Make a Difference
Educate Before You Medicate Parent Brochure
Getting High on Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Drugs is Dangerous
Growing Up Drug-Free A Parents Guide to Prevention
Marijuana Facts Parents Need to Know
Prescription for Disaster- How Teens Abuse Medicine
Your Child Needs You! A guide to help your child lead a healthy drug-free life