Hills Valley Coalition Website: www.hillsvalleycoalition.org
"Our mission is to educate and inform the community-at-large about how to promote a healthy, safe and substance-free environment that encourages the development of a positive lifestyle for our youth and reduces at-risk teen behavior.
Prevention TIPS for Caring Parents:
1. Spell out the rules and be specific about consequences of breaking them. 2. Plan to have the talk, don’t spring the conversation on your teen to cause them to feel abused or defensive. 3. Explain your reasons why you don’t want your child to drink or use drugs, and invite an open conversation. 4. Obey the golden rule by speaking to your teen the way you’d like to be spoken to. 5. Let them speak and give your teens a chance to express concerns or feelings. It is an opportunity to see if anything is troublesome to them. 6. Parents sometimes feel hypocritical hiding their own experiences, what to say and what not to say. 7. Safety trumps everything, establish “conditional amnesty,” so your teens know they can call and ask for help if in a high-risk situation without repercussions. 8. Continue an ongoing conversation. Talking to your teen about substance abuse should be a process, not a single event. 9. Early identification of a developing problem is the best defense against your teen engaging in substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors.