It’s a fact:

Teens who have a passion, a sense of purpose, and perseverance are more likely to be resilient in the face of challenges and to make healthier choices.

Have you ever wondered what increases or decreases the likelihood of teens making healthy choices about drugs and alcohol use?

Researchers have studied this exact question. Here’s what they found teens need:

Encouraging adults, responsible friends, and a feeling of connectedness.

Opportunities outside of school to learn and develop new skills and interests (like music, sports, theater, youth groups, and volunteering).

To feel valued by, and valuable to, the people around them.

We’ve collected the most important facts and tips so you can have the most up-to-date information about:

The impact of alcohol, marijuana, vapes/e-cigarettes, and prescription drugs on the teen brain

How the pressure to be the best at everything affects teen mental health

The importance of having open, honest conversations with your children

The Pressureto Be Perfect

Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Talking To Your Child

The Middle School Parent

What Do I Do Now?

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