Substance Abuse & Risky Behavior

It can be very difficult to deal with a child who is abusing substances or engaging in risky behaviors. Your child has broken your trust and is making choices that are potentially putting him/her in harm's way. This is something no parent ever wants for their child. Fortunately, there are things you do to guide your child’s behavior in a better direction.

In the articles below, you'll find expert advice on child and teenage substance abuse and risky behavior in children.

Risky Teen Behavior: Can You Trust Your Child Again?

How to Talk to Your Child About Marijuana: 4 Responses for Parents

My Child is Using Drugs or Drinking Alcohol: What Should I Do?

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Risky Teen Behavior: Can You Trust Your Child Again?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Do you feel like your child has messed up so badly that you might never be able to trust him again? Has he wrecked the car, been caught drinking or using drugs, stolen something from school, or gotten involved in vandalism? As a parent, you are probably feeling hurt, embarrassed and disappointed—and you wonder, “Will... Read more »

Monitoring Your Children? 4 Areas Not to Ignore

By Sara Bean, M.Ed.

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One of the most difficult questions we ask ourselves as parents is, "When should I jump in and monitor my child, and when should I step back and allow them some privacy?" I've worked with many parents who were shocked to find out their child felt depressed, was smoking pot or drinking, or had falling... Read more »

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