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First Step: Ask

If you think your child may be drinking or using drugs, the first and most important thing you can do it to come right out and ask.

Research says that when parents talk openly about drugs and dinking, children have better self-control and develop more negative perceptions of these risky behaviors.

The work you put into opening the lines of communication with your child now can make all the difference for their future.

How to Prepare

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Neil Bernstein, has suggestions on when — and when not — to have the conversation.

What to Ask

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Neil Bernstein says asking teens about their friends is a good place to start.

More Ideas on How to Ask

Emergency room doctor, Sean Evans, shares his method for asking teens about their drug use.

Next Step: Look for Signs