Key Talking Points From Adults To Children

Parents may choose to open a conversation about drugs by saying:

  • We are here to make it clear that we will not tolerate any drug or alcohol use by you.
  • We have rules in the family. The rules do not permit teen drug and alcohol use.
  • Even if you think everyone is using drugs or alcohol, it is illegal and not allowable.
  • You can endanger your life and the lives of others. We don’t want anything bad to happen to you. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you.
  • We count on you as a family member. Your brothers and sisters look up to you and care about you. What would they do if you were gone?
  • Drug and alcohol use can ruin your future and chances to graduate, go to college, get a job, and keep your driver’s license.
  • We are here to support you. What can I do to help you not use?
  • Sometimes kids use drugs and alcohol because there are other issues going on like stress, unhappiness and social issues. Have you thought about this? Are there other problems you want to talk about?
  • Are your friends using? How are you handling that? Is it hard to not use in that environment?
  • We won't give up on you because we love you. We're going to be on your case until you stop completely. If you need professional help, we will be there to support you and make it happen.