Parent Resources

Parent Tip: Every parent faces issues with their children. Remember that you are not alone. Most importantly, start talking, keep talking, listen and take action.

10 Things You Can Do

  1. Discuss the risks associated with drug and alcohol use.
  2. Talk with your children about your values regarding drug and alcohol use and establish clear no use rules.
  3. Keep track of alcohol in your home and make sure teens can’t access it.
  4. Keep prescription drugs locked or hidden from children or teens. Dispose of unused or expired drugs.
  5. Connect with other families to keep our teens safe.
  6. Model appropriate behavior.
  7. Establish safety mechanisms if your child is in an unsafe situation.
  8. Praise your children for the positive choices and things they do.
  9. Try to eat meals together as a family as much as possible.
  10. Stay aware of your children’s grades, activities, and friendships

When to Intervene?

If you've discovered that your child is drinking or doing drugs, the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath. You are not in this alone - there are many people who can and will help you. Start by talking with people you know, such as family members, friends, teachers, school counselors, sports team coaches, clergy, and your doctor. All of these people, along with many others, can help you get focused and determine what to do.

You can never be too safe or intervene too early - even if you believe your teen is just "experimenting”. Casual or experimental use can quickly turn into abuse, dependence or addiction; leading to accidents, legal trouble, and serious health problems. If you are at all concerned about your child - you can and should intervene.

Visit the Drug-Free Organization for a parent checklist with information and videos to help guide you through the steps above.

More Resources

Online Resources

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

U.S. Department of Education: Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): samhsa.gov

Behavorial Health Treatment and Resources: samhsa.gov/treatment

Talk. They hear you: samhsa.gov/underage-drinking

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: drugfree.org

Stop Underage Drinking: stopalcoholabuse.gov

Parents Empowered: parentsempowered.org

Above the Influence: abovetheinfluence.com

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens : teensdrugabuse.gov

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA): cadca.org


Local Resources

Omni Youth Services
Omniyouth.org
847-353-1500


Lake County Health Dept.
lakecountyil.gov
847-377-8770


NICASA
Nicasa.org
847-433-1303


Highland Park Alexian Brothers
alexianbrothershealth.org
800-432-5005