What keeps children substance-free?
Simple. Communication, Information, Education, and participation.
Children are less at risk of substance use when:
- Parents communicate their expectations
- Adults listen to them, spend time with them, and explicitly tell them not to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- They feel like their community cares about them
- They have something positive to do with their time
As a parent and an individual, you may feel like there’s very little you can do to stem the tide of substance use, but the fact of the matter is that your children are listening and they will hear you. Inundate them with positive messages about their role in the community and about the benefits and advantages of staying substance-free. Get involved in helping children make the right choices.
Information was taken from the Drug Free Action Alliance.