"I think my child is using"
It's a scary moment, realizing that something seems off about your teen. Alarm bells ring and your first thoughts might be panicked.
Stop. Breathe. There are resources and people who are here to help.
So what do you do? Ask your teen about your suspicions. Gather your thoughts, and sit down to speak with your child calmly and directly. Before you talk, take some time to education yourself about the risk factors for use, why teens use, and find out what you don't know about drugs.
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids has assembled this step-by-step guide to walk you through the steps you should take when you believe your child might be using drugs.
"I KNOW my child is using"
Most parents don't know where to start when they find out their child is using drugs.
It's a scary time, but you're not alone. There are resources and people available to help you.
Visit the Partnership for Drug Free Kids to find this step by step guide for assessing the situation and talking with your teen when you are sure they are using.
Get help 24/7 by calling the local hotline at 800-731-5577
More Resources to Help You Start Talking
The Know! drug prevention and awareness program from Drug Free Action Alliance targets parents and caregivers of middle school students and empowers them to raise their children substance-free with a twice monthly electronic newsletter about current drug trends and other hot topics.