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Is your child drinking or using drugs? Here is information and resources that can help you deal with the family situation.
  1. Tips For Teens
  2. Parents Who Drink (13)
  3. Prevention Tips for Parents (26)

Is Your Child Using Drugs or Alcohol?
This screening quiz for parents can help determine of your child is exhibiting some of the tell-tell signs of substance abuse.

Keep an Eye on Hyper-Texting Teens
A study has found that hyper-texting teens are also more likely to be making poor choices in other areas of their lives.

Best Friends Influence Teens' First Drink
Teens who have best friends who drink and have access to alcohol is the main predictor as to whether teenagers will begin drinking at an early age or not.

Rural Teens More Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs
Research shows that teenagers who live in rural areas are more likely to use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes that teens who live in urban areas.

Throw Away Your Unused Prescription Drugs
To make sure that your children do not get your unused prescription drugs, throw them away, but do so properly.

How Effective Are Home Drug Tests?
Home drug testing kits have become popular in recent years for parents trying to determine if their children are using drugs, but are the tests really effective?

Under what circumstances would you give your child a drug test?
If you're considering giving your child a home drug test, what is your reason? If you've already given your child one, why did you?

Impulsive Teens at Risk for Alcohol Problems
Teens with poor impulse control are more likely to end up with alcohol problems earlier in life, research shows.

Age 16 Peak Time for Teens to Start Drugs
Researchers previously thought that senior year was the time at which most teens began the use of prescription drugs. It's must earlier than that.

Drinking With Your Kids Can Backfire
Children who are allowed to drink even with adult supervision are more likely to develop alcohol-related problems, research shows.

Early Drinkers End Up With Problems
If you are one of those parents who thinks letting your children drink at home will teach them to drink responsibly, you may want to rethink that position.

A Day in the Life of Teen Substance Abuse
If you still think it's not possible for your teen to be involved in substance abuse, you might want to check out the latest figures from a new national survey.

Something Else for Parents to Worry About: K2
Parents now have another substance to be on the look out for - one that is completely legal, unregulated and available almost anywhere. It's an herbal product called "K2" better known by teens as "fake weed."

Effects of Synthetic Marijuana or 'Fake Weed' Unknown
Synthetic marijuana or 'legal bud' is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants that have been treated with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids.

Where Do You Keep Your Medications
To prevent misuse of prescription drugs in your home, where to you keep your medications?

Early Drinking Age Linked to Risk of Alcoholism
Young people who start drinking before age 15 are significantly more likely to develop alcohol use disorders that those who wait until after age 18, but researchers are not sure if early onset drinking is a marker for higher risk or a direct risk factor.

Treating Adolescents
Treating adolescent addicts and alcoholics in adolescence-only centers has never been demonstrated to produce better recovery rates.

Is Your Teenager Using?
If your child is using alcohol and drugs, it's a good bet he (or she) is probably doing everything possible to keep that activity hidden.

More Young People Using Water Pipes
Water pipes, also known as hookahs or shishas, are making a comeback in popularity especially among young males. The smoking devices, which became popular among the marijuana and hash-smoking hippies of the 1960s are becoming increasingly popular again.

Teen Drinking Linked to Recreational Computer Use
Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to use their computes more for recreational activities such as downloading music and social networking.

Decline of Teen Drug Use Stalls
For years teens were getting the message about the dangers of abusing drugs and teen surveys showed a long gradual decline in drug use. But as the first decade of the 21st Century came to a close, that decline appeared to be coming to an end.

Family Dinners Play Huge Role in Youth Drug Prevention
If you are looking for a way to keep your children alcohol and drug free through their teen years, having regular family dinners together - with no distractions - may be the best approach that you can take.

One in Five Young Adults Need Rehab
More than one in five young people in the United States aged 18 to 25 were classified as needing treatment in the past year for alcohol or illicit drug use.

Holding Parents Accountable
Parents who decide to begin early teaching their children to drink "responsibly" may want to rethink that position due to a growing number of laws going on the books.

Teens Going Out and Smoking Pot Less
Research finds that teens who go out with friends in the evening are more likely to smoke marijuana, but the good news for parents in several countries is that teens are doing both a lot less these days.

Relationship With Parents Can Prevent Teen Drinking Problems
If you have a relationship with your teenagers in which they feel like they can discuss their problems with you and feel that you respect their feelings, chances are you can prevent them from developing alcohol problems.

Motivation for Teen Drinking May Signal Problems
Most high school students who drink do so to experiment with alcohol, have fun or relax. Those who drink to deal with problems, anger or frustration, however, are the drinkers who exhibit the most problematic drinking behaviors.

Kids Introduced to Alcohol by Sipping at Home
Many children get their first exposure to alcohol in their own home not by drinking, but by sipping and tasting alcohol by the age of eight to 10.

Developmentally Disabled a Growing Addiction Risk Group
There was a time when people with developmental disabilities rarely developed alcohol and drug problems. But in recent years, because more are encouraged to live independently, this group has become high risk for alcoholism and addiction.

Friendly Kids Most Influenced by Peer Drinking
A Dutch study has found that friendly young people, those who score high on the personality dimension friendliness, are the most sensitive to the influence of their peers on how much they drink themselves.

Psychological Trait in Boys Could Be Indicator of Drug Abuse Risks
A psychological trait known as neurobehavioral disinhibition found in boys aged 10 to 12 could be a screening tool for those who will develop substance abuse disorders by age 19 as well as predict criminal activity, violent behavior and injuries.

Many Popular Songs Reference Substance Abuse
Chances are, if your children have earbuds plugged in, every third song they listen to contains references to some form of substance abuse, usually in a positive way.

Majority of Adolescents Drink Alcohol
Almost 54 percent of all adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 20 have drank an alcoholic beverage at least once in their lifetime.

Lack of Teen Sleep Can Lead to Drinking, Smoking
Sleep loss or disturbed sleep can increase the risk for teens to take up smoking and drinking, according to a study of 1,362 high school students.

Most Parents Are Aware of Teens' Substance Abuse
Contrary to popular belief, most parents are aware of and can accurately evaluate the extent of their teenager's drinking, cigarette smoking, marijuana use and overall substance abuse.

Hispanic Kids at Greater Risk of Substance Use
If you are Hispanic and have children of middle school age, you may want to make sure that you do all you can to keep them away from substance abuse.

Teens Turn to Pot After Parental Break-Ups
Parents who split up and move in with new partners can unwittingly push their children towards marijuana use, according to a study of 3,008 mothers and their children conducted in Brisbane, Australia.

Pre-Teen Low Self-Esteem Linked to Drug Use
Parents who have boys with low self-esteem at age 11, and have friends who approve of drug and alcohol use, should be concerned that self-derogation could turn into drug dependency by age 20, according to researchers at Florida State University.

More Are Beginning to Use Drugs Before Age 13
The number of people, being treated for drug abuse, who report that they began using at least one drug before age of 13 is increasing significantly according to a study of treatment patients between 1993 and 2003.

Parents Influence How Teens Think About Substance Abuse
Research shows that involved parenting actually affects teenagers' thought processes when it comes to such substances, giving teens a negative view of people who drink or smoke cigarettes or marijuana, and insuring the teens won't use such substances even when they're easily available.

Parents Need to Discuss College Drinking Dangers
As the fall semester begins, parents can use this important time to help prepare their college-age sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.

Sex, Drug Use Increase Teen Depression, Suicide
Teens who engage in sexual intercourse and/or drug abuse, including abuse of alcohol and tobacco, are significantly more likely than youth who abstain from such activities to become depressed, have suicidal thoughts, and attempt suicide.

Scientists Uncover Risk Factors for Teen Marijuana Use
Involvement with other substances, delinquency and school problems have been established as the three most important risk factors in identifying teenagers at risk of continued involvement with marijuana.

Parents Seeking Help Signal Youth Drinking Problems
Al-Anon Family Groups are traditionally considered a mutual support group for the spouses of alcoholics, but the latest membership survey shows that 31 percent of Al-Anon members have a child with a drinking problem.

Youth Alcohol Consumption Remains High
Although the prevalence of underage drinking has decreased since its peak in the late 1970s, drinking by youth has stabilized over the past decade at disturbingly high levels.

Normal Teens Not 'Ticking Time Bombs'
Contrary to the psychoanalytic theory that children who appear to be well adjusted as adolescents are actually ticking time bombs, most normal teenagers adapt to and benefit from life experiences.

Signals of Teen Substance Abuse Risk
The more sexually active friends a teen has and the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the greater the risk that teen will smoke, drink, get drunk or use illegal drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Religious Activity Equals Less Sex, Drugs For Some Teens
High levels of church attendance in the ninth grade may protect some African-American teenagers from getting involved in risky behaviors throughout the rest of their high school career, a new study suggests.

How Will Your Child Drink?
Children learn their attitudes about drinking from those around them, especially from parents or other adults, but also from their peers.

Just a Phase? Maybe not.
Teen-agers who exhibit symptoms of drinking problems today are more likely to develop serious drinking problems, other substance abuse, and mental disorders in early adulthood.

Is Your Child at Risk to Use Drugs?
Teens who crave an especially great degree of stimulation and excitement have a much greater risk for drug and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, sensation seeking can be channeled into healthy outlets.

Friends Factor in Early Drug and Alcohol Use
If your children are hanging out with friends who drink and do drugs the chances that they will also drink and drug, if they are not already doing so, according to a report from Statistics Canada.

Standard Youth Treatment May Not Be Enough
While many adolescents reduce their alcohol use and have fewer related problems following treatment, a significant proportion continue to drink and/or use other drugs, have poor relations with family and friends, and experience academic problems.

Don't Over-React!
Parents who discover that their teen-ager is drinking or using drugs are being encouraged not to over-react, but to carefully assess the entire situation before taking action.

Early Sleep Problems Signal Later Substance Use
Researchers have discovered an association between sleep problems during early childhood and substance abuse during adolescence.

Kids Drink 11 Percent of U.S. Booze
Underage drinkers account for 11 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S., according to a new report released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Learning Disabilities and Drinking
Children with learning disabilities may be more likely to end up drinking, smoking and using drugs, according to research by Columbia University.

Parent Training Can Change Kids' Attitude
A seven-week program to improve communication skills and vigilant parenting among rural black families made younger family members think more negatively of alcohol use and early sexual activity.

Questions Parents Should Ask
According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse these are questions parents should ask their child's school.

Parents, It's Not Your Fault!
Are you sick of being told that everything that goes wrong with your child is your fault? The one who can respond, is the one who is responsible.

Teens and Alcohol Don’t Mix
The focus of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Month observance is underage drinking, a problem that shatters young lives and communities.

Teen Drinking and Behavior
Adolescents, age 12 to 17, who use alcohol are more likely to report behavioral problems, especially aggressive, delinquent and criminal behaviors.

Child and Adolescent Depression
There is evidence that depression emerging early in life often persists, recurs, and continues into adulthood.

Parents Warned About Home Drug Testing
Home drug-testing kits sold on the Internet may not be the best way to determine if an adolescent is or is not using drugs because it is not easy for parents to know which test to choose, how to collect a urine or hair sample for testing, or understand the limits of test results

How to Report Child Abuse
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you should call your local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency or the CPS agency in the State in which the abuse occurred.

A Nation Going to Pot?
It's getting more difficult for parents to warn their children of the dangers of using marijuana when the culture is sending them a different message.

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