The resources on this page aim to equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need to help their children stave off substance use during the teens years. Evidence shows that protective factors like connecting authentically with your children, family time, and talking early and often can help youth make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol. The Families Connected and National resources curated on this page provide insight and support to help us guide our children on a healthy path to maturity.

Families Connected Resources

Featured Families Connected drug and alcohol prevention parent event videos

In this five-minute clip from a Families Connected Speaker Series event, former Dodger Erik Karros asks his daughter, Mikah Maly-Karros, why she drank in high school. To view the full presentation, visit our Mindful Parenting page.

View a five-minute summary compilation of six different SBFC prevention events featuring Mathew Torrington, M.D., Moe Gelbart, Ph.D., Greg Allen, Ph.D, and Joan Stein Jenkins, MBPD Prosecutor and Head of the Juvenile Diversion Program.

View the full presentation of the Families Connected Speaker Series event, Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures, which features four experts. 

 

Dealing with peer pressure - A video to share with your teen

 
 
 

National Resources

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Talk early and often - here’s how

Current research tells us that families and communities hold the key to substance abuse prevention. We know that families matter, and that families that talk early and often about drugs and alcohol have better outcomes and can reduce the likelihood that their kids will engage in risky behaviors. Partnership for Drug Free Kids has outstanding resources to help us talk with our kids about drugs in alcohol in age appropriate ways. We recommend How to Talk with your Teen, and Tips for Every Age, which breaks-out talking tips for kids aged 2-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-18, 19-25. It’s never too early to talk.

 

The teen brain and why illicit substance use prevention is critical

Today's research tells us this: if we want our youth to reach their full potential and avoid alcohol and drug-related harm, the longer we can stave off alcohol and drug use the better. Note: this information does not apply to medically prescribed prescriptions for mental health issues.

Listen to the latest research on how marijuana and alcohol cause permanent damage to the developing teen brain, lowering test scores (NPR)

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse -- NIDA)

Check out this exceptional, interactive explanation of the teen brain (PBS, Frontline)

Prevention tools and resources

These articles, advice, and videos will help you discover what's appropriate at each age, find out how kids are influenced, and learn how to prevent your kid from starting harmful habits. (Common Sense Media)

This is an informative, downloadable PDF with click throughs to helpful advice for parents  (SAMSHA)

A comprehensive family guide that you can download (Stop Alcohol Abuse)

 

Drug facts for parents (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

A downloadable marijuana talk kit to help parents discuss the drug with their children (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

A comprehensive searchable drug guide also available as a free app. (Partnership for Drug Free-Kids)

 

Reducing drinking and driving

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility leads the fight against drunk driving & underage drinking. Funded by America's leading distillers.

Why is 21 the legal drinking age in the USA? Learn about myths and facts for the minimum drinking age (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)


National Alcohol and Drug Hotlines

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a toll-free, confidential 24/7 hotline (English & Spanish) for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. Call 800-662-4357

 DrugFree.org provides a toll-free hotline/support service for parents/other primary caregivers of children who want to talk about their child’s drug use and drinking. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)