Connections to parents and other non-parental adults is an important protective factor for youth that can reduce the likelihood of a variety of health risk behaviors. Connectedness refers to a sense of being cared for, supported, and belonging.
Resources are available for youth and young adults if you have questions about substance use and abuse. Many are interactive and address multiple topics. Check them out!
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 talk often.