Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

What Are Some Reasons That Teens Use Drugs?

Rosanne Tenuta
Health Educator, Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Some of the reasons that teens use drugs are listed below:

  • Transitions: life transition can make kids vulnerable (middle school to high school, moving, change of peer group, etc.)
  • Brain Development: adolescent brains are still developing, the part of the brain that makes long term plans and weighs risk is not fully developed until mid-20s so sometimes teens make riskier decisions without fully understanding consequences of their actions
  • Self-Medication: adolescents may take drugs to feel better because of undiagnosed mental health issues such as depression and social anxiety
  • School issues: struggling in school can make kids vulnerable
  • Peers: if peers are using drugs, there can be peer pressure and normalization of drug use