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. Many of the resources on this page will equip you with the knowledge you need to engage in those conversations, as well as to recognize the warning signs of illicit substance use and abuse. We continually add new resources to this page, so please check back frequently, visit our Parent Event calendar for opportunities to connect and learn, read our parent blog, and sign-up for our free monthly e-newsletter. We're all in this together.

A Video Worth Ten Minutes of Your Time

SBFC has produced a summary compilation of four different teen substance use prevention experts from several of our SBFC parent education events. Our experts include 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.


Informative Teen Substance Use Prevention Articles and Blogs

The Teen Brain

Recommended Article

Recommended Resources 

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.

National Public Radio

National Public Radio

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)

Essential Drug and Alcohol Information for Parents

This is an informative, downloadable PDF with click throughs to helpful advice for parents  (SAMSHA)

Drug facts for parents (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

A comprehensive searchable drug guide also available as a free app. (Partnership for Drug Free-Kids)

How to Talk with Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

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

A comprehensive family guide that you can download (Stop Alcohol Abuse)

Find out how to better communicate with your teenage grandchild (Partnership for Drug Free Kids)

A downloadable marijuana talk kit to help parents discuss the drug with their children (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

These articles, advice, and videos will help you discover what's appropriate at each age, find out how kids are influenced, and learn how to prevent your kid from starting harmful habits. (Common Sense Media)

Empowering and educating youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior (Not My Kid)

Nearly half of all young people who inject heroine start by using prescription drugs. Click above to learn how you can help prevent a teen from going down that path (The Medicine Abuse Project)

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)

A downloadable guide to the most commonly used drugs in youth culture today (Clear Recovery 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 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)

Parent Recommended Podcasts

LEAD in Lake Forest, IL - LEAD is dedicated to the promotion of healthy family relationships, emotional wellness, and the prevention of alcohol, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth. 

Miles To Go - The Miles To Go Drug Prevention Education lecture series features the complex subject of substance abuse. 

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