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HOW TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR TEEN WHY YOU DON’T WANT THEM DRINKING OR USING DRUGS

Don’t want your teen drinking or using drugs? Tell them how you feel and what you expect from him. Be warm but firm.

For example, you might say:

  • “I’m not trying to ruin your fun. I love you and I want you to stay healthy. The best way to do that is to stay completely away from drugs and alcohol. I need you to promise that you will.”
  • “I realize there’s a lot of temptation out there. I also know you’re a really smart, strong person. That’s why I expect you to stay clean — no matter what your friends are doing. Agreed?”
  • “There’s a lot of new science about teens, drugs and alcohol. It scares me to know how easily you could damage your brain or get addicted. I want your word that you’ll steer clear of all that, and keep me in the loop on the kids you hang out with, too.”

A survey of U.S. high school students found only eight percent of teens who said their parents thought underage drinking was unacceptable were drinkers themselves. In contrast, 42 percent of teens who said their parents believed underage drinking was somewhat unacceptable, or completely acceptable, were drinkers.

Source: HealthDay Report 2013

Used with permission from Treatment Research Institute and the Partnership at Drugfree.org