Post Content

When your teen improves their grades, or scores a run in their baseball game, do you congratulate them? Recognizing your kid’s accomplishments reinforces positive behaviors and has been shown to lower the likelihood they will use alcohol and other drugs. Many parents have found creative ways to do this. Here are a few ideas.

  • Give your teen attention daily. Surprisingly, many teens just want to be able to communicate with their parents. Plan a fun night to hang out where you can talk with each other. If you can’t make the time for an entire evening, simply pulling them aside sometime and expressing your pride can help.
  • Engage them with technology, such as sending them encouraging text messages
  • Open up communication with your teen with a card. Cards are usually reserved for birthdays or holidays, so an unexpected one can show your teen you are thinking about them and they are important to you.
  • Is there something your teen has been striving for? For big accomplishments, like straight A’s at the end of a semester, a small gift may be appropriate.
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs

7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs

Take a moment to note how glad you are that your child is choosing positive behaviors and avoiding substance misuse. Positive support is an important step toward healthier teens. If you would like more tips on how to have a meaningful conversation with your child about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, download or order free materials at maclearinghouse.com, such as our “7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs” booklet.

Have other ideas? Feel free to provide them in the comments!

Written By:


intern with Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Recent Posts

Weekly Flu Report, May 25, 2018 posted on May 24

Rates of flu-like illness continued to decrease over the past seven days, according to the latest (and last) weekly flu report of the 2017-2018 flu season. Weekly flu reports for the 2018-2019 flu season will begin in the autumn. Until then, happy summer!

Tis the Season…for Asparagus! posted on May 22

Tis the Season…for Asparagus!

By Terri Mendoza and Andrea Couture Winter did not want to leave Massachusetts this year.  But spring has finally arrived, bringing us sunshine, blossoming flowers, chirping birds, and one of my favorite things—the chance to eat local, seasonal fruits and vegetables! When you enjoy seasonal   …Continue Reading Tis the Season…for Asparagus!

Weekly Flu Report, May 18, 2018 posted on May 18

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness decreased over the past seven days. You can view the report here.