When you find out that your teen has been using drugs and alcohol, it’s time to accept the new reality and act sooner rather than later. Intervening to help get your child back on track is not an easy solution. Your kid may kick and scream and protest and shut down, but chances are it will help, as it did in my case. If you aren’t getting through to your child, enlist the help of an interventionist or counselor.
It has been four years now of actively working a program of recovery in Alanon. My daughter has been in treatment twice during that time. She has a foundation of recovery that she can turn to if she ever decides she wants to commit herself to living a clean and sober life. She knows what to do and where to go to find the tools that she will need. However, she has to be the one to choose to pick them up each day.
Parents have a big impact on the safety of teen drivers, according to an article in Healthday which highlights two recent studies published in the journal Pediatrics last month. Parents who set rules and boundaries, and follow up on these rules, seem to raise teens who are better drivers. The first study observed the connection […]
The Partnership recently joined with two other organizations—the National Military Family Association and the National Association of School Nurses—to announce new resources to help military families keep their kids healthy and drug-free. Science shows that transitions are particularly stressful periods for kids and they are more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol at those […]
As a teenager, I vowed to never drink the way my dad did. Little did I know that I had a genetic predisposition to become an alcoholic and an addict just like he was — and it wasn’t too long before I found myself fighting my own battle with a drug addiction.