For Parents


While it may not feel like it much of the time, the most powerful influence in your child’s life is You. Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and celebrities.


Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

It helps be be informed, and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.

On our website, families can find the information they need to understand the ever-changing drug landscape, which now includes abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine. In response, we created an expansive national action campaign, The Medicine Abuse Project, to rally parents, educators, health care providers, communities and law enforcement to collectively help end this epidemic and prevent half a million teens from abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine.

Alcohol Screening

Is the way or amount I drink harming my health? Should I cut down on my drinking? Answering questions on the Alcohol Screening site will take only a few minutes, and will give you personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns.

Aspen Education Group

Aspen Education Group is recognized nationwide as the leading provider of education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. As the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs, Aspen offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose a setting that best meets a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.


The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America's youth. Reducing high rates of underage alcohol consumption and the suffering caused by alcohol-related injuries and deaths among young people requires using the public health strategies of limiting the access to and the appeal of alcohol to underage persons.

Talking with your Kids...

Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have—and one of the toughest. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day with a wide range of issues that can be difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain to them. These practical tips and techniques can help you talk easily and openly with young children ages 8 to 12 about some very tough topics.

Now Marijuana is legal...

A parent’s guide to preventing underage marijuana use. Marijuana is addictive. Most teens who enter Seattle Children’s substance abuse treatment program report that marijuana is the main or only drug they use. Teens who identify other drugs as their primary drug of choice often say they use marijuana too. Adolescents who start using marijuana before the age of 14 are four times more likely to become addicted by the time they are adults. Marijuana addiction is more common among teens than adults because their brains are still developing and vulnerable.

Intervention Guide

If you’re concerned about your teen’s drug or alcohol use, then it is time to take action. You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting.” Read on to find answers to parents’ most pressing questions about interventions.

Treatment Guide

This eBook provides you with information about adolescent and young adult alcohol and other drug abuse treatment and will help you get the most appropriate care for your child and family. You will learn what alcohol and drug abuse treatment is, how to find the right type of treatment for your child, how to pay for treatment, and the importance of taking care of yourself and your family.