Parents, despite what you may think or what your teens want you to think, you matter.  When it comes to youth substance use, teens report parents as being one of the top reasons they choose not to use.  It is never too early to start the conversation.  Talk early and often.

There are a lot of resources that can help you start the conversation as well as answer questions you may have.  We have compiled some resources below to help get you started.




































FREE Parent Toolkits:

The purpose of parent toolkits is to educate parents on the importance of substance use prevention and the role they play.  Toolkits provide parents with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to start talking with their children today.

MADD's Power of Parents

Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognizes the power of parents and how their decisions affect the decisions made by their children.

Toolkit Includes:

  • Parent Handbook

  • Free online workshops

  • Materials on:

    • Why should you care?

    • Is your child drinking?

    • Handle tough questions

    • Driving smart

    • Social Host

Partnership for Drug-Free Kid's Marijuana Talk Kit

Partnership for Drug-Free Kid's Marijuana Talk Kit includes facts on marijuana and its effects on teen brain development, common questions posed by teens and suggested responses, along with tips on keeping the conversation productive.


Toolkit Includes:

  • Marijuana Guide for Parents

    • Get the facts

    • Know the risks

    • Learn how to start the conversation 

    • Know what to say 

    • Additional resources

Partnership for Drug-Free Kid's Parent Toolkit

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers numerous resources for parents, teens, healthcare providers, media, school staff, and other adults.  They work to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.


Toolkit Includes:

  • Drug Guide for Parents

  • Grandparent's Guide

  • How to prevent drug use at every age

  • Parent's Blog 

  • Mobile App

  • How to help your community


SAMHSA's Talk. They Hear You Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) put together an underage drinking prevention campaign complete with parent materials and social media tools.


Toolkit Includes:


Substance Abuse Guide for Parents 

As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child's decision to try alcohol or other drugs.  There are several effective ways to discourage use, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction. 

Guide Includes:

  • About Teen Drug Use

  • Preventing Substance Abuse

  • Warning Signs and Symptoms

  • Finding Help

  • Supporting Recovery

  • Helping Yourself

Frequently Asked Questions
Parents typically have a lot of questions when it comes to recognizing youth substance use/abuse and what to do if you suspect or know your child is using.

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age

Whether your child is in preschool, middle school, or in their 20's, here are tips to help guide them toward a healthy life at every age!

6 Parenting Practices

Help reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use

Research has shown that although it may seem like kids aren’t listening – they really are. Parents are role models for kids and your views on alcohol and other drugs can strongly influence how they think about them.


Should I Talk to My Kids About Vaping?

E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth.  Talk with your kids about the risks of e-cigarettes.  


Suspect Drug and Alcohol Use?

Do you have suspicion that your child may be using?  Here is what you can do if you suspect your child is using.


How to Tell if Your Child is Using-Signs

This infographic helps show what to look for if you think your child has used alcohol, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, bath salts, cough and cold medicine, salvia, and inhalants.


8 Warning Signs Your Child Could be Addicted

Do you suspect your child may already be addicted?  Here are 8 warning signs that your child could be addicted.


Intervention Guide

What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs.  

Sherburne County Community Corrections Programs

Review the following programs available through Sherburne County Community Corrections.  They only recommend and refer offenders to programs and services that are designed specifically to address their individual criminogenic needs.


Support Groups in Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MN provides a variety of support groups.  Use the group's title to determine which group best meets your needs. 


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