Conversation Tips

On this page you will find helpful tips and advice for how to start a conversation with the youth in your life about making healthy decisions about substance use. Talking about substance use does not have to be difficult, confrontational, or anxiety-inducing; trying out different conversational strategies may help to build a stronger relationship with the youth in your life. Keep in mind that empowering the youth in your life to make healthy decisions empowers youth to make health decisions in various aspects of their life, not just substance use. Click on the links below to learn more about ways to keep the youth in your life safe from sources such as the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age

Is There A Problem? – Learn how to spot signs of drug use, how to start the conversation, and more.

Have a Conversation Not a Confrontation Guide (PDF)


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