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Drug and Alcohol Education

Raising Healthy and Capable Young People

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was indeed a single, simple “tip” for raising kids? In some ways there is… the single most important thing a parent/adult can do is to be genuinely engaged in a child’s life. This doesn’t mean being attached to them at all times, or over protecting them, it means stay involved and let them know how interested you are in them. 


  • Acknowledge them
  • Tell them their feelings are okay 
  • Be honest
  • Delight in their discoveries
  • Kneel, bend down, or sit so that you are at eye level
  • Show up at their events
  • Listen to their favorite music
  • Thank them
  • Catch them doing something right
  • Let them solve most of their own problems
  • Meet their friends' parents
  • Be consistent
  • Deal with problems and conflicts while they’re still small
  • Nurture them with good food, good words, and good fun
  • Enjoy their uniqueness
  • Respect them
  • Give them good choices
  • Inspire their creativity
  • Be available
  • Make decisions together
  • Help them learn from their mistakes
  • Tell them what you expect of them
  • Listen to them
  • Set boundaries that keep them safe
  • Present options when they seek your advice
  • Contribute to their collections
  • Use your ears more than your mouth
  • Keep the promises you make
  • Point out what you like about them
  • Give them your undivided attention
  • Meet their friends
  • Let them tell you how they feel
  • Tell them how proud you are of them
  • Believe in them
  • Be flexible
  • Let them make mistakes
  • Be understanding when they have a difficult day
  • Respect the choices them make
  • Tolerate their interruptions
  • Do what they do… what they suggest
  • Welcome their suggestions
  • Be sincere
  • Talk directly to them
  • Love them… no matter what!
  • Notice when they are absent, ask later about where they were
  • Answer their questions (do not make up answers… if you don’t know, say so)
  • Apologize if you have done something wrong… admit if you make a mistake

No… you can't do all of these every day. But you can select new ones to try to help build an open, honest relationship with your child/children.

Drugs of Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most commonly abused drugs are listed below with their street names:

  • Alcohol (beer, wine and liquor)
  • Cocaine (coke, snow, flake, blow)
  • Inhalants (poppers, snappers, whippets)
  • Marijuana (pot, ganga, weed, grass, 420)
  • Methamphetamine (speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal)
  • PCP/Phencyclidine (angel dust, ozone, whack, rocket fuel)
  • Steroids (Anabolic) (juice, gym candy, pumpers, stackers)
  • Club Drugs (special K, roofies, liquid ecstasy, jet, GHB)
  • Heroin (smack, H, ska, junk)
  • LSD (acid, blotter, dots)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) (molly, XTC, X, love drug, bean)
  • Tobacco Addiction
  • Prescription Drugs (oxy, cotton, blue, 40, 80)
  • Emerging Drugs (K2/spice, bath salts, salvia)

For further information and to learn more about these drugs and their effects on the brain and body, statistics and trends, visit National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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