Have You Had the Conversation? 2019-11-14T23:20:02-05:00

Elementary school years are the ideal time for families to begin important conversations about substance use, with special sensitivity toward young children. Together, we have engaging conversations about:

  • The reality of when and how kids are introduced to substances.

  • How to have a conversation about those who struggle with substance use.

  • Understanding risk factors and protective factors, and empoweringourselves as parents.



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Helpful Information

Now is the time to talk with our kids about drugs and alcohol.


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

Talking About Drugs with Kids in Elementary School (ages 6-10)
“Addiction is Real”

6 Parenting Practices:  Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Conversation Tips for Every Age
Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Talk! They Hear You.
Underage drinking prevention.

Marijuana Talk Kit
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Making Yourself Ready to Start the Conversation:  Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

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

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

How to Talk to Your Kids About Family Addiction
by Jaimie Seaton for the Washington Post

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

A reality check on kids and substance use.


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:  Here are some of the warning signs.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

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. ↓

Visit Dr. Ginsburg’s Website