If you are a parent visiting this page out of concern that your child might be either experimenting with or using drugs or alcohol, know that you are not alone. The resources on this page aim to equip you with the knowledge you need to help your kid(s) stave off use during the teens years. Know that we continually add new resources to this page, so please check back frequently. Here are some additional resources available to all South Bay parents as part of the South Bay Families Connected project:
- The SBFC Parent Resource page can connect you with information related to a number of issues that can drive underage substance use, like stress, lack of purpose, social media, depression, traumatic events, and more.
- The SBFC Teen Resource page helps you connect your teen with resources written for them, with opportunities to explore their purpose and passion, with other youth at drug and alcohol-free events, and with healthy ways to learn to destress.
- A way to connect with other South Bay teens' and parents' authentic challenges through shared stories published on our SBFC parent blog and teen blog..
- The SBFC free monthly e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date on new articles, videos, and events.
- The SBFC Parent Event calendar features opportunities to connect and learn, including the Families Connected Parent Chat Support Group and the Families Connected Speaker Series (offered in partnership with Beach Cities Health District).
We're all in this together.
Featured SBFC Prevention Event Videos
View a five-minute summary compilation of six different SBFC prevention events featuring Mathew Torrington, M.D., Moe Gelbart, Ph.D., Greg Allen, Ph.D, and Joan Stein Jenkins, MBPD Prosecutor and Head of the Juvenile Diversion Program.
View the full presentation of the Families Connected Speaker Series event, Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures, which features four experts. (Filmed at Redondo Union High School)
Informative Teen Substance Use Prevention Articles
Click on the button below to access a gallery page of informative national and local articles providing the latest research and insight into the impact of drugs and alcohol on youth, and evidence-based approaches to prevention.
The Teen Brain and Why Illicit Substance Use Prevention is Critical
Unlike our parents before us, we now have a much greater understanding of the teen brain, including the scientific reasons why adolescents push boundaries and struggle with impulse control, as well as the adverse impact today's high potency drugs and binge drinking behaviors have on the developing brain. Today's research tells us this: if we want our youth to reach their full potential and avoid alcohol and drug-related harm, the longer we can stave off alcohol and drug use the better. Note: this information does not apply to medically prescribed prescriptions for mental health issues.
Listen to the latest research on how marijuana and alcohol cause permanent damage to the developing teen brain, lowering test scores (NPR)
Check out this exceptional, interactive explanation of the teen brain (PBS, Frontilne)
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse -- NIDA)
Two Trending Issues - Opioids and Vaping
For videos and resources related to the Opioid Epidemic, as well as to participate in the South Bay Opioid Awareness month 2018, please visit the SBFC Opioid Awareness Project page.:
For information about vaping, including the SBFC Pass On It project, a way for youth to connect with information about vaping and to find their top five reasons to say, "I'll pass" when it comes to vaping and tobacco.
How to Talk with Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
Current research tells us that families and communities hold the key to substance abuse prevention. We know that families matter, and that families that talk early and often about drugs and alcohol have better outcomes and can reduce the likelihood that their kids will engage in risky behaviors. Additionally, if and when teens in these families do engage in risky behaviors, they are more likely to go to their parents for help.
How talk with youth age 13-15
"For parents, this is a pivotal time in helping kids make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol." -Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
How to talk with youth age 16-18
"When it comes to drugs, teens are a savvy bunch. Drugs and messages about living drug-free have been part of their lives for years." -Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Prevention Tools and Resources
This is an informative, downloadable PDF with click throughs to helpful advice for parents (SAMSHA)
A comprehensive family guide that you can download (Stop Alcohol Abuse)
Drug facts for parents (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
A downloadable marijuana talk kit to help parents discuss the drug with their children (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)
A comprehensive searchable drug guide also available as a free app. (Partnership for Drug Free-Kids)
Find out how to better communicate with your teenage grandchild (Partnership for Drug Free Kids)
Reducing Drinking and Driving
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility leads the fight against drunk driving & underage drinking. Funded by America's leading distillers.
Why is 21 the legal drinking age in the USA? Learn about myths and facts for the minimum drinking age (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
South Bay Prevention Information and Resources
Where is your teen on the alcohol and drug use spectrum? Please click on the images above to enlarge (Thelma McMillen Center)
National Alcohol and Drug Hotlines
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a toll-free, confidential 24/7 hotline (English & Spanish) for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. Call 800-662-4357
DrugFree.org provides a toll-free hotline/support service for parents/other primary caregivers of children who want to talk about their child’s drug use and drinking. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
Click on the logo below to access the full array of resources on the South Bay Family Connected website.