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teen: 12-18 yrs.

The peer pressure to try drugs is no less intense than the sexual pressure that so many adolescents face. As with any situation that could conceivably lead to trouble, we need to prepare our kids to refuse offers of alcohol and other drugs–preferably without alienating their peers, although sometimes that isn't possible.

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Intervention Strategies for Concerned Parents

According to studies of young people in drug treatment, some were using alcohol and other substances for more than two years without their mothers or fathers knowing. By the time a parent suspects their child has a drug problem, chances are she or he has a really big problem.

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