Did you know?
Did you know that when you talk to your child about alcohol and drugs they are up to 50% less likely to use? That’s an encouraging statistic, but many parents are unsure of how and when to start the conversation. Thanks to the Hancock County Community Partnership, a coalition of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, or ADAMHS, parents are not alone in their efforts against drugs. Zach Thomas, Director of Wellness and Education, serves as the organization’s coordinator and provides advice and information for parents.
About Hancock County
As one of the longest standing prevention coalitions in the state, the Partnership works to create community level change through awareness, education and environmental prevention strategies. Prevention services delivered by Family Resource Center, through the support of ADAMHS, reaches over 7,000 youth annually in Hancock County with strong positive outcomes, including a reduction of alcohol, tobacco and drug use between 2011 and 2015.
Tips for parents
Thomas provides the following tips, which can help to reduce the likelihood that your child will use alcohol or drugs:
- Communicate early and often about the harmful consequences of using tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
- Support your child’s involvement in positive activities
- Create clear and consistent boundaries
- Get involved in your child’s life and become familiar with their friends
- Set a positive example
- Be a good listener
“Perhaps the most critical point to remember is that by encouraging healthy relationships between youth and parents or trusted adults, we increase protective factors and reduce potential drug use and other risky behaviors,” says Thomas.
For more information and support go to yourpathtohealth.org or contact ADAMHS at 419-424-1985.