The biggest challenge for parents is often just staying informed about what is really happening in the world of their teens. This is nowhere more true than in the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Fortunately we have ready and free access to some of the best research in the world, and some of the wisest thinking, right here!
The Australian Drug Foundation provides an excellent set of free resources on its website. From this page you can access research, ideas and a great list of links to support and help agencies. Their page provides access to information and statistics that are current, reputable and – best of all – Australian based.
Their subsite provides all parents and carers need to intiate a conversation with their teens and pre-teens about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
ADF also has resources for young people.
The advice in this email is general in nature. As there are many underlying factors that do not come to light without personal interviews it is impossible to provide an accurate analysis of either the problems or their possible solutions.
The advice should be used carefully with full consideration of your personal situation. Youth Specialties Australia and the author of this email take no responsibility for the consequences of the application of any suggestions given or implied in this email.