April is National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Month.
Alcohol and drug use by young people can be extremely dangerous--both to themselves and to society--and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, substance overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction.
Adolescence is a time of heightened risk-taking and as alcohol and drugs enter the picture, parents are faced with a unique set of challenges.
Parents often forgive underage drinking as a "rite of passage." They can sit back and hope their kids will "get through it," or they can take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help their kids do the same.
It can be daunting to talk with teens and young adults about drinking and drug use, but it is well worth the effort parents put into it.
In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use and abuse these substances than those who don't have such conversations.
Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That's why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.
If you have an adolescent or young adult that you know (or suspect) is using drugs and alcohol, doing nothing is not an option.
Our counselors can help you develop a plan of action to help your child. Catching this early is the key to making a full recovery before it begins to get out of hand.
We always provide a complimentary consultation to hurting parents and guardians. The first step is to just give us a call.