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Teen Drug Abuse

Teen years are the most common period for people to begin experimenting with drugs so, of course, drugs and alcohol are hot topics for every parent of adolescents.
“The most successful way to speak to your teenagers about drugs and alcohol is to be as neutral as possible. This means that acknowledging that drugs and alcohol are a normal part of life, but they can also be very dangerous and destructive,” says global youth ambassador Marushka Mujic, “Instead of imposing harsh rule and regulations about the subject, it is best to invite your child to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Ask them if any of their friends have tried drugs and alcohol or if they have been confronted by a situation and they didn’t know how to handle it. Though your child may be nervous about being honest, the more neutral you are, the more likely you are to have a successful result.”
Between the ages of 12 and 20, teenagers go from less than 10 percent of drug and alcohol abuse to over 50 percent. There is an 80 percent chance your teen will try ... Read more

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Watch Michael J. Bradley, EdD's video on When a parent suspects teen marijuana or alcohol use...
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