As your child becomes curious about alcohol and other drugs, he or she may turn to you for answers and advice. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation about drinking and drug use, and to establish or reinforce your rules about alcohol and drug use and outline the behavior you expect. Check it out here: https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking
Ask, Listen, Learn has great resources on how alcohol impacts youth brain development! Ask, Listen, Learn also has fun and educational games, all geared towards teaching youth to make health choices and understand the impact of substance use. For more information, click here
SetTheRulesCT.org – Provides parents and adults with information and resources to help keep Connecticut’s youth from drinking alcohol
Free Addiction Hotline Resources
- Al-Anon and Ala-teen hotline line: 800-356-9996 – Counselors provide support to teens and adults who are negatively impacted by alcohol addiction and provide resources to group therapy nearby for ongoing support.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-4357 – English/Spanish speaking counselors provide referrals to treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based services.
- Boys Town: 1-800-448-3000 – Over 140 languages can be translated; they also provide a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) line for the speech and hearing impaired (1-800-448-1833).
- Drugfree.org: call 855-378-4373 or text 55753 – Counselors provide support and education and guide you to the best course of action.