June/July are Peak Times for Teen Drinking & Drug Use
Summertime presents our teens with a lot of unplanned free time and unexpected social pressures. Teens may turn to alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons
, and during the summer months, these substances may offer a tempting escape from boredom, loneliness and/or social discomfort. Complicating the temptation is how alcohol and drugs are “glorified” in social media as a shortcut to instant gratification and “happiness.” As a parent, you can counteract misinformation and with these tips can curb the trend
. Talk proactively and often to your teen about resisting social pressures. When you approach your teen calmly, sincerely and without judgment, your teen is more likely to engage in a conversation and take in what you’re saying. The bonus: Your teen will see how much you really care!