Every year, the Fondation Jean Lapointe meets with 80 000 young people in schools across Québec to prevent addiction by inviting parents and the adults who play a significant role in the teens’ lives to start a conversation to foster more informed decisions on drug and alcohol use.
Teenagers are faced with all sorts of situations. While most won’t develop a substance abuse problem, 10% of students in Québec grapple with a real or an emerging drug or alcohol addiction.
Did you know that 87% of teenagers consider their parents to be a credible source of information on drugs? It’s therefore essential to send out clear messages on drug and alcohol use.
1. Is your position on teenage substance use clear?
2. Are you familiar with the risks associated with substance use?
3. Can you remain open no matter what your teenager tells you?
Studies show that parents who talk to their children on a regular basis reduce the risk of drug use by their teenagers by 50%. Communication nurtures critical judgement, which helps teens adopt healthy lifestyles.
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Because they’re curious or because they enjoy it
Because they’re thrill seeking
Because everyone else is doing it
Because they want to escape negative emotions
Signs to know if your teen is using
Impulsiveness and aggression
Friends who use
Difficulties at school
Frequent family disputes
Consumption of substances meant for parents or siblings
Over $10 in spending money per week
1. Develop and maintain a good relationship with your teenager.
2. Never lose sight of your critical role or the influence you have on your teenager’s behaviours.
3. Know that communication and collaboration are the best strategies.
4. Make sure that your teenager is aware of your expectations and rules with regard to drug and alcohol use.
5. Take an interest in your teenager’s life.
6. Encourage your teenager to follow his or her passion.
This online course was created by the Addiction Prevention Centre (APC). It provides all the tools you need to support teenagers in their reflection on drug and alcohol consumption.APT Parents