LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: Alcohol and other drug program for parents and 7th/8th-grade students

Many parents "don’t know what they don’t know" about teen alcohol and other drug use. In other words, what parents don’t know could hurt their child because of their lack of knowledge regarding substance abuse.  

This is why it’s important for parents to educate themselves about what teen drug use means and how to respond to it. 

“Looking back, I know there were subtle signs of early drug use that our daughter displayed," said a parent of a teen in recovery from alcoholism. "If we had known what the signs were at the time, I know we could have responded much sooner.”

“We were blindsided,” said a father when he discovered that his son had a problem with drugs. “It happened fast and we were at a loss and didn’t know where to turn.”

Because adolescent drug addiction can spiral out of control at a much faster rate than that of an adult, “blindsided” is a good description of how quickly addiction can take hold of an adolescent. In fact, children who use drugs before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop an addiction than those who wait until they are 21 years of age. 

This is why the earlier a parent learns about adolescent alcohol and drug use, the faster they can respond if they need to. Know the signs, know that there are resources, know what to do. 

To learn more, attend the program “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT,” designed for parents and seventh/eighth grade students at Bay Middle School and St. Raphael School (but open to all) on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Rd. 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:14 PM, 04.19.2011