Substance use disorder: How to help your teen at home

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​Discover how to monitor your teen's substance use effectively and what to do if your teen has a substance use disorder.

​Key points

  • Take time to learn about your teen's well-being outside the home, create open communication with your teen and role model responsible use of substances. 
  • Set age-appropriate rules for your teen's routine and set clear expectations for their behaviour if they decide to try drugs or alcohol. 
  • If your teen has a (suspected) substance use disorder, seek help from a health-care provider who specializes in treating substance abuse in young people.
  • Support professional treatment with strict ground rules for your teen about avoiding substance use at home, avoiding dangerous situations and attending school or treatment regularly.  
Last updated: January 30th 2019