Real Talk: How to Discuss Drugs and Alcohol With Your Child
If you ask parents whether their child has ever experimented with drugs or alcohol, many would say "never!" Unfortunately, many would be wrong. According to DoSomething.org, 28 percent of kids have consumed alcohol before they begin high school, while 15 percent have smoked cigarettes and 16.5 percent have used marijuana. With statistics that high, it's important that parents put their child on a drug- and alcohol-free path early. But it takes more than a simple "don't do drugs" declaration over the dinner table to convince kids to stay clean. Jamison Monroe Jr., owner of the teen treatment center Newport Academy, shares his tips for talking to kids about substance use and how to keep them from experimenting.