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Tips and tools for parents and mentors for addiction prevention.

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Welcome

Addiction is preventable. We are offering a collection of tools and tips to guide parents and other influencing adults who would like to communicate effectively with children and youth about drugs and addictive behavior. Please check back often for the most current information.

Publications

  • Transitions & Teens: A Guide for Parents
  • Reach Out Now lesson plans for educators (from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA)
  • These links provide facts that will help guide you and your children to a happy addiction-free life.

    Link to Tips and Tools for Youth and Teens

    FAMILY CHECKUP – A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs and alcohol. These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug use among youth. Get your CHECKUP and learn how positive parenting prevents drug and alcohol abuse. Tools and Tips for Parents and Mentors are also available.

    Talking to children about traumatic events and loss can be hard.
    These resources can help you plan and have this important conversation.
    Coping with Crisis Situations
    Resources for educators, health care providers, and community members from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Youth Violence.


    The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 update
    Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010.The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports that, although substantial progress has been made over the past 20 years to reduce drinking and driving among teens, in 2011, one in 10 students age 16 years and older reported driving after drinking during the past 30 days. Most students who drove after drinking alcohol also binge drank. Read the report.