If you’re concerned that your teenager is using drugs or alcohol, the most important thing you can do is talk to them about it.
And don’t wait. The sooner you have an honest and open conversation, the better the chances that you’ll be able to help them.
Don’t expect it to be a single “intervention.” Just like all the other important things you’ve taught your child over the years, helping them stay safe and sober is an ongoing process.
The teenage years are some of the most challenging years of our lives. Teenagers are in the process of creating their own identities and learning how to be independent. Yet, they still need the love, support and guidance of their parents and other trusted adults.
When you talk with your teenager about drugs and alcohol, let them know you’re doing so because you love them. Be honest about harmful choices you may have made, and the lessons you’ve learned as a result. But keep the conversation focused on them and what needs to be done to make a positive change in their lives.
And remember, you’re not alone.