If you feel unsure how to open up the drug and alcohol conversation with your teen, start with a deep breath and a credible resource. Arming yourself with the facts will give you confidence and help you determine the direction you want to take. And that conversation should happen earlier than you think. It’s easier for teens to discuss sensitive topics as an ongoing conversation rather than a one-time talk in reaction to an event. Talking about drugs and alcohol the night of a big party brings out an emotional reaction. So talk early and often.