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Use downtime, like driving in the car together or waiting at an appointment. Take advantage of everyday moments to start the conversation: a news story about opioid addiction, a TV show, or something that happened in your community. You can ask, “Do you have any questions about that?” to get started.
Simply talking to your kid helps protect them. Here are some ideas to get you started:
“I care about you and want you to be safe and healthy.”
Make them feel as comfortable as possible about being honest with you.
Offer to be an excuse for your kids if they are offered drugs. They can say something like: “No way, my mom/dad will ground me for life!”
Offset feelings of insecurity, doubt and pressure that creep in during puberty by offering a lot of positive comments.
Don’t talk about your own substance use –if you’ve used any. Sharing details about past (or present) use can undermine your message.