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?

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 »

Why Kids with ADHD Self-Medicate with Marijuana

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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Nearly a quarter of all 12 to 17 year olds in the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported current marijuana usage. Unfortunately, kids with ADHD typically have the highest rate of drug use among their peers. According to Stephen Andrew LCSW, a substance abuse counselor and director of the Health Education Training... Read more »

Parenting Teens: Parental Authority vs. Peer Pressure

By James Lehman, MSW

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It’s one of the hardest things parents deal with: even if you’re trying to raise your child the right way, as soon as he walks out the door, you know he’s going to be exposed to all sorts of negative—even dangerous—influences. From dress to attitude to a popular culture that says it’s cool to drink... Read more »

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