Some parents mistakenly think that a single conversation with their teenager about the risks of drug use is enough. But an ongoing conversation is far more effective. WebMD offers tips on answering your teen's questions honestly and keeping the dialogue open.
If your teen picks up a mind-altering chemical, she or he is a candidate for addiction, says one man who has been there and back. Here are eight tips for parents who may be facing this situation that can help protect teens from drug abuse.
Research has suggested that depressive symptoms are linked to the initiation of drug taking in adolescents. A recent study by researchers at the University of Southern California examined negative urgency—or acting rashly during periods of extreme negative emotion—as the mechanism linking depressive symptoms and substance abuse initiation.