Is your family a welcoming, inviting place where the members feel encouraged and uplifted? Is your home environment positive and happy? If not, it may be time to reassess your family atmosphere. Teens who feel safe and loved are more likely to make wise, healthy choices in their lives. If you feel your home is a place of dis-ease, it may be time for an overhaul and some healthy change. We want to encourage you that change is possible. Check out NIDA’s resource on a Family Check Up here.
The world is a scary place right now. Because of that, we wanted to overload your week with some positive vibes to get you through. Take these messages to heart and let the words sink into your soul. You’re doing great!
Are you a good role model for your kids? Your friends’ kids? What about your nieces and nephews? Are you showing how to live a good life free of the harmful effects of alcohol and other harmful drug abuse? Remember: they’re watching. Show them what a healthy, whole life looks like.
It can be tempting during this time of uncertainty and fear to turn to alcohol and other drugs to numb ourselves out. What’s happening in our world is scary, but rather than turning to harmful substances to “check out” for a while, focus up and stay strong. Your health is worth more than artificial ease.
Are you bogged down by negative self-talk? When you’re tempted to give in to your impulses to misuse alcohol and abuse other harmful drugs, remember: you’re worth investing in. Be kind to yourself by making wise choices for your future!
Dr. Nora Volkow has a message for you parents out there who may be concerned about your teens using drugs. You can watch it on the National Institutes of Health (NIDA) website or click below.
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This week, we wanted to share with you two resources to help educate you on the dangers of vaping and alcohol use among teenagers. These videos are extremely helpful in understanding what your teen is up against! Educate yourself so that you can best help your teen.
Mayo Clinic Radio discusses the dangers of vaping. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/3cOGT6A
What does alcohol abuse do to a teenager’s brain? This video can enlighten you: https://bit.ly/3aH6ixg
More teens are vaping than they are using traditional cigarettes. But is vaping safe for your teen? The answer is, unequivocally, NO. For one, vaping is just as addictive as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes also have other harmful chemicals that can cause lung issues and lead to a variety of health problems. The following resources are great for educating yourself and your teen about the harmful effects of vaping.
> The Facts on E-Cigarette Use Among Teens // Surgeon General
> 5 Vaping Facts you Need to Know // Johns Hopkins
Are you looking to talk with your teen about alcohol, marijuana, vaping, or other drugs? We wanted to provide you with a few really good resources that can help you to get the conversation flowing:
> Talk to your teen about drugs // DrugFree.org
> 5 Tips for talking with your kids // Harvard Health
> How to talk to your teen about drugs // Huffpost
Don’t be afraid of a hard conversation. Your teen might be more receptive than you think. Take the next step. Speak the truth with love. You can do this, parents!
It can feel uncomfortable to talk with your teenager about tough topics like drug abuse and the effects it has on the adolescent mind and body. But it is of paramount importance that you talk with your teen and keep communication open with them about the harmful effects of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, vaping, and other drugs. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite resources to help get the conversation started:
> The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a great resource page for parents.
> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a great website dedicated to educating and assisting parents.
It’s never too late to have a good conversation with your teen about their health and future. We hope these resources are helpful to you in your attempt to educate yourself and your child.