TEENS AND FAMILIES | Center on Addiction

TEENS AND FAMILIES

18 Things We’ve Learned in 18 Years of Family Day

Inspired by our early research into the factors that help prevent teens from using substances, we created Family Day in 2001. Our goal at the time: to encourage families to eat dinner together more often. Over the years, we’ve continued to study how families can build strong, healthy relationships that prevent future substance use. Now, Family Day has evolved to recognize all the simple, little things parents and caregivers do with their kids that make a big difference.

The First Day Film Collaboration with Herren Talks

We have partnered with Chris Herren and the Herren Talks on the new film, The First Day. Presented by Center on Addiction and Cigna, the film takes an innovative approach to addressing teen substance use, while helping refocus the conversation around addiction from the last day to the first. In addition to speaking directly to teens, the film empowers parents, educators and community members to share information, provide support and identify resources to foster healthy life decisions.

We Asked, You Answered: How Often do You Talk to Your Children About Drugs and Alcohol?

For many parents, regularly talking to their children about addictive substances can be challenging. With this in mind, we asked our readers, “How often do you talk to your children about drugs and alcohol?

While nearly one-third of respondents said they talk to their kids about this important topic every week, the most common response was never, which received 40 percent of the votes.

Tips for Parents on Keeping Babies and Preschoolers Safe from Addictive, Toxic Substances

Over the past decade, the number of children who have had gotten sick from touching or eating poisonous, addictive substances has gone up. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to stop these incidents from ever taking place. It is never too early for parents to begin protecting their children from the potentially life-threatening harms of addiction and addictive substances.

Prime Time Viewing: How Today’s Top Television Shows Portray Addiction and Substance Use

In addition to making the headlines of major newspapers from across the country, addiction is also gaining traction on the silver screen. This season, many of our favorite TV shows are addressing substance use disorders and risky drinking or drug use. However, they often sacrifice precision for plot points. Here, we’ve provided some suggested reading to accompany This Is Us, Grown-ish and 13 Reasons Why -- three of television’s most talked about shows -- to help set the record straight.

Fear Factor: Do Scare Tactics Keep Teens from Using Drugs

Thinking back to your middle school or high school health classes, you may recall photographs of lungs blackened by cigarette tar or videos of teenagers dropping out of school, fighting with friends and family, or even dying because of their errant drug and alcohol use. Exposing children and teenagers to the most damaging consequences of these behaviors has long been a mainstay in America’s addiction prevention strategy – but that poses the question: do scare tactics work?

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