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Spotlight Topic: Drug and Alcohol Prevention

One area of adult development activities is providing families with resources that help them take action if they suspect their child has a drug or alcohol problem. Take a look at these suggestions for recommendations you can make to families.

  • Direct them to The Partnership at drugfree.org, where they can find information and strategies related to prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery. The section called Time to Act! gives parents step-by-step instructions for how to approach a potential drug or alcohol problem. You can also provide families with the phone number for The Partnership at drugfree.org’s toll-free helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE.
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration offers numerous resources to help families better understand drug abuse, talk to their children about drugs and create a home environment that discourages drug use.
  • If families want help talking to their children about avoiding drugs and alcohol, send them online to “Talk. They Hear You.”, a campaign against underage drinking created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition to learning from printable tip sheets, family members can practice talking to youth about alcohol through Start the Talk, an animated, interactive simulation.
  • Refer families to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse website, where they can learn about five critical parenting skills that are linked to drug-free childhood, and to healthy youth development and family relationships in general.

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