How To Talk To Teens About Substance Use
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What does it mean to have a substance use "problem?"
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"But it's not a problem!"
I've got a great story I've been using for years in my work with young people as a way to begin a conversation about the difference between "social use" and what we might call "problematic" use of mood-altering substances. I went ahead and wrote it up in an article so that I can share it with you.
FOR PARENTS: This will give you some clarity around some of the common questions you might have:
- "Is this normal?'
- "Is this just a phase?"
- "Am I overreacting?"
When you're clear about this, you can address the issue confidently, without fear of getting derailed by denial and misinformation.
FOR PROFESSIONALS: A great tool to keep in your toolbox for when you need a simple, but effective way to begin a conversation with a young substance user who may be showing some signs of denial.