Teenagers today face a world that is far more complex than the one teens faced even 15 or 20 years ago. Parents are in need of guidance and credible resources to help their children navigate this complex world.
The pressure to use drugs and alcohol is ever-present, and today’s teens are exposed to substance abuse, eating disorders, and similar issues more than ever, largely due to the explosion of social media and available technology. Today, parents face unique challenges, and organizations like The Montgomery County ADAMHS board and the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition are prepared to answer any questions they can.
Resources for Teen Drug and Alcohol
Teens are often introduced to drugs and alcohol primarily through their peers. Although the use of illicit drugs is lower than in past years, the perception of drugs such as inhalants (vapes) and marijuana as dangerous, is lower than ever.
There are numerous resources available for parents, guardians, and mentors that can help increase their understanding of key issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. Learn more about:
- How to talk to your kids about marijuana
- The consequences of substance abuse
- The signs of substance abuse
- How to prevent substance abuse
- How to help an addicted partner or friend
- The dangers of opioid use
- Alternatives to opioids for pain management
Resources for Teen Mental and Behavioral Health
The stress of today’s volatile political climate, changing social norms, family conflict, and the pressures of academic achievement take a toll on many teenagers’ mental health.
The latest studies suggest that 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness.
The following resources can help support parents who think their child may be struggling with their mental health:
- Behavioral health resources:Behavioral health is a topic that many parents and caregivers want to know more about. Parents worry about issues like depression and anxiety, so having good resources available can make all the difference.
- Behavioral addiction resources: In addition, behavioral and discipline problems with teens are a topic of interest to many parents. The following articles give more information about these subjects:
The Montgomery County ADAMHS Board is Here
Find a support network and get involved through the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition. Parents just like you are navigating difficult but necessary conversations every day. Find more resources here!