Tools: For You to Help Your Teen

The most powerful tool you have with your teen is communication. The way you communicate with them can make all the difference in how the message is received.

Start by putting yourself in their shoes. Make communication a two-way street and an everyday activity. Listen and learn about what's happening in their world through quick, informal chats in the car, at breakfast, or at dinner.

If your intuition is telling you that your teen is using drugs, there is something you can do to help.

Encourage an open discussion by talking honestly about your concerns. If you need support in how to approach the subject of illicit drug use with your child, ask your family doctor, a public health nurse, or your teen's school counselor.

You can also find assistance in your area on the Helplines in Your Community page.