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Preparing Your Child for Healthy Choices about Substance Use: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Lee from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum

photo of ME's substance use guest, Dr. Joseph LeeWe all know someone who has experienced the pain and tragedy of substance use or addiction, and we long to keep our children safe from such harm. Sometimes we feel powerless in the face of the many temptations our children are likely to encounter.

 

Dr. Joseph Lee, Medical Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum, joins Marti & Erin to bring strong words of hope about the power of the messages you give your children about drugs and alcohol. And even if your child is still just a tot, it’s never too soon to think about the messages about substance use that you are sending in words and actions!

 

Thinking about the risk factors mentioned in this Mom Enough discussion, what are the risks that could make your child especially vulnerable to substance abuse? Even if there are no notable risks in your child or your family, what are the social situations that might tempt your child to make unwise choices about substance use? What messages are you giving your child in both words and actions and what more could you do to prepare your child to handle risky situations involving alcohol or drugs?

 

For tips for how to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol, click here.

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