How Parents Can Help Children Avoid Substance Abuse

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Parents are more important than peers when it comes to teen substance abuse. Although parents may find the topic of substance abuse difficult to bring up with their teens, taking the responsibility for initiating these conversations is extremely important. In addition to talking about the subject, parental behaviors that help to curb illicit drug use include taking the time to talk with their child often and on the child’s time table; focusing on maintaining a connection with their child; being present, rather than distracted, when talking with their child; being conscious of setting an example; showing confidence in a child; and verbally acknowledging a child’s strengths.

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