What This Means for You
As a parent, you can use these lessons of neuroscience to help your teen make smart choices about drugs and alcohol. Remember the following tips:
● Begin talking to your kids about substance abuse early, preferably before the teen years. Instead of considering the topic a one-time lecture, view it as an ongoing conversation. Many teens respond well to repetition when it is accompanied by clear expectations and adult guidance in making sound decisions.
● Offer proof. Instead of speaking in vague generalities or making emotionally-charged threats about punishments your child will face for using drugs or alcohol, provide specific information about the dangers of misusing substances (such as the consequences of impaired driving).