October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month!
Don’t let the only things your kids know about drugs come from their friends. If you hear something often enough, do you start to believe it? Kids do! That’s why it’s important to take some time to talk to your kids about the FACTS.
Here are some helpful tips for getting the conversation started at home:
- Educate yourself about drugs. What are kids using these days? What are some common misconceptions? Take your time to make yourself aware of the trends and harmful effects from substances.
- If you don’t know, look it up!- If children find that what they’ve been told isn’t reality, they start to turn to peers for their information.
- Try to bring the conversation up naturally- Starting this conversation can be difficult and no teen likes to be lectured. Find a time where the conversation turns to substance abuse and ask them what they know about the topic! You may be surprised how much your child knows or thinks they know about a topic!
- Use and show your child reliable online sources they can turn to for information- One of the many reasons kids turn to drugs is because of a spark in curiosity. Encourage them to learn about the substance and what it can do through reliable online sources or documentaries.
The following are some links to some reliable online sources: