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Youth Substance Use: Information for Parents

Understanding Youth Substance Use

It’s hard to think about your child drinking alcohol or using other substances. It’s easy to panic and think the worst. But not all youth who use substances will keep using them. And not all youth who drink alcohol will develop a problem. In fact, most don’t.

It’s normal to worry and have a lot of questions. You may ask:

  • Is my child’s use a problem?
  • Does my child need help to stop?

The following topics will help you understand how:

  • a substance use problem starts
  • to start talking to your child about their substance use
  • to find support

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