Talking To Teens About Substance Abuse
In putting together your talk about substance abuse, TeenHealthFX suggests you think about the following:
· Consider the population you are speaking to and what drug(s) would be best to focus on, such as alcohol, marijuana, acid, ecstasy, cocaine, or prescription medications (to name a few).
· Whatever drug(s) you focus your talk on, include information on the short and long-term effects of use.
· Consider addressing the issue of peer pressure in terms of how teens can realistically deal with the pressures to use.
· In researching the drug(s) you want to focus on, consider NIDA for Teens. This website provides lots of great information for teens on drugs, such as facts on how different drugs can affect the brain and body, tools for parents and teachers to help teens understand the science behind drug abuse, brain games, real stories, and more.
· Give information on where teens can turn to for treatment, encouraging them to speak to their parents, doctors, and/or school counselors if they think they have a substance abuse problem, as well as to contact such resources as 1-800-662-HELP and findtreatment.samhsa.gov.