Elementary school years are the ideal time for families to begin important conversations about substance use, with special sensitivity toward young children. This program helps adults to understand risk and protective factors, supports for conversations with kids about substance use, how to explain the struggle some individuals have with substance use, and ways we can empower ourselves as parents.

Helpful Information

Tools you can use today, while they’re young.


Free Audiobook: How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs & Alcohol
by Dr. Sharon Levy

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Talk, They Hear You
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Center for Parent and Teen Communication
Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

7 Ways Mindfulness Can Help Children’s Brains
Psychology Today

Conversation Tips for Every Age
Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Marijuana Talk Kit
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Help Your Child to be Tobacco Free
from “Right Decisions Right Now”

How to Explain Addiction to a Child
Tips for Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Drug Addiction

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction
by David Sack, MD for The Huffington Post

Dos and Don’ts: Talking to your Kids About Drugs
Drug Enforcement Agency

Camp Mariposa 🦋
Camp Mariposa is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member.


Recommended Reading:

The Coddling of the American Mind:  How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

A reality check on kids and substance use.


What You Need to Know About Alcohol and the Developing Teenage Brain
McLean Hospital | Harvard Medical School

Bullied Teens More Likely to Smoke, Drink and Use Drugs
Reuters Health

Teen Drug Facts
Turnbridge

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

As Opioid Crisis Alarms Communities, Drug Education Now Starts in Kindergarten
National Education Association

Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Top 8 Reasons why Teens Try Alcohol and Drugs
from “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can’t,” by Dr. Neil I. Bernstein

This Study Could Unlock the Mysteries of Teen Brain Development
By Nora D. Volkow and George F. Koob; January 5, 2017

Underage Drinking
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

What to Look For:  Early warning signs of teen substance use.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Signs of Drug Use in a Teen Bedroom
Raleigh, NC NBC 11 News

DEA Issues List of Street Drug Names
Clinical Pain Advisor

Helpful Handouts to Print & Share

↓ Watch Ken Ginsburg, MD’s presentation on childhood resiliency. ↓