Opening the Lines of Communication About\u00a0Drug and Alcohol Abuse\r\nDrugs and alcohol don\u2019t discriminate against age. School children and teenagers alike are exposed at school, parties, sports teams, etc. Parents have the opportunity to open the lines of communication about drug and alcohol abuse and encourage their kids to abstain from using these substances, despite the pressure they may feel from peers. Starting this conversation is tough, uncomfortable and scary\u2013 but necessary. Here are some helpful tools for starting a conversation with your children\/teens about drug and alcohol abuse:\r\n\r\n \tOpen Communication: Be prepared to hear things that may be alarming. Your kids have most likely encountered a friend or peer who has talked about drug and alcohol abuse. Let your kids know that they can come to you with questions, comments, concerns, etc. Keep calm, and ensure them that they can always come to you\u2014no matter what.\r\n \tTeach them: Explain the different kinds of drugs, how they affect the body and mind, and how they can impact people beyond themselves. Even if they don\u2019t have much to say, they\u2019re listening.\r\n \tPrepare them for Peer Pressure: Many kids partake in drug and alcohol abuse\u00a0because \u201ceveryone is doing it\u201d and it will somehow help them fit in and be \u201ccool\u201d. Sit your kids down and come up with ways to say no. Give them an out no matter where they are, and be available when they need you to help them say no by picking them up and removing them from questionable circumstances.\r\n\r\nNo matter the age, talking to your kids about drug and alcohol\u00a0abuse is so important. Keep the conversation open, stay strong, and continue to build trust.\r\n\r\n \r\nAddiction Treatment Options for Drug and Alcohol Abuse\r\nIf your teenager or someone you know needs help with drug or alcohol abuse, Beaches Recovery is here to lend a hand. Our top-tier drug and alcohol recovery programs are multi-faceted and tailored to your unique needs. We offer sober living programs, inpatient and individual\/group therapy that can run from 1-3 months long.\r\n\r\nBeaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida (FL) is\u00a0adamant about your success and eradicating the hindrances to your happiness. Our addiction treatment programs will set you up for success against relapse and steer you towards a fulfilling life devoid of drug and alcohol abuse.\u00a0We celebrate our patients' success and renew\u00a0their optimism daily. Call us today to get started!