At the Bobby Benson Center, we are committed to the health and safety of the youth in our community. If you realize or suspect that your youth is using substances, it's normal to wonder what you could have done differently. You may be asking yourself was there anything I could have done to prevent this? Could I have noticed it sooner? What can I do about it now? These are questions not easily answered! Just know that you are not alone, there is help!
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Parents, you are the first line of defense when it comes to your child's drug use or drinking.
YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
SET RULES: Let your child know alcohol and drug use is unacceptable in your family. Enforce stated consequences when family rules are broken.
BE INVOLVED: Know where your teens are and what they will be doing during unsupervised time.
TALK WITH YOUR TEEN: Casually ask how things are going at school, with friends, and about plans for the future.
GET THEM ACTIVE IN SOMETHING: Keep your teens busy, especially between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and into the evening hours. Teens who are involved in constructive, adult-supervised activities are less likely to use drugs than other teens.
TIME: Take time to learn the facts about marijuana and underage drinking and talk to your teen about the harmful effects on young people.
THEIR FRIENDS: Get to know your teen's friends and parents. Make sure you know their rules and standards.
ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY: Accept the role of a parent as your major responsibility. Children do not need you to be their friend, let others be their friend. You be the parent.
GET HELP: Raising teenagers is hard...Combine that with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders can make it more difficult. You don't have to do this on your own! Get Help Today