Prevention

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

Although such topics as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs are emotionally charged, they are a natural and necessary part of a communicating process you have with your child. Clearly, the best time for such a conversation about drugs…

Common Concerns About Talking with Kids About Drugs

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite…” What if you smoke, enjoy the occasional cocktail or experimented with drugs once yourself? This is a legitimate concern, but it should not dissuade you from communicating honestly with your child and sharing…

When to Start

Start with preschoolers… Children at this age are not drug users, but if we talk to them now, before the problem exists, we can have an impact when they are 10, 11 and 12. The foundation for all healthy habits,…

Listening Strategies

Create a climate in which your child feels comfortable. Your non-verbal cues will send messages to your child, so consider the position of your chair, the tone of your voice, eye contact and facial expressions. Give your child an opportunity…

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

From the American Council for Drug Education, an affiliate of Phoenix House. The following are some of the more common signs and symptoms of drug use. It is important to keep in mind that if a person has any of…