If drugs and alcohol are presented as “fun,” what does that make the parent who is trying to move their child away from substance abuse? The fun denier? You can see the problem that adults are up against. But it helps to fight with fun: acknowledge that some people use substances as an escape and help your teen brainstorm healthy, social activities that build connections and manage stress. Stay on top of stress so drugs don’t sound like an attractive escape from problems, and show them that fun can be alcohol-free with shared activities.
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