As a rule of thumb, prevention of drug and alcohol abuse starts at home.
Parents/Guardians should regularly talk to their children and explain the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse in a loving environment, while they are young.
This helps create a strong foundation for awareness of drug use and helps parents positively influence their children, while teaching them about boundaries.
In teaching boundaries, parents help children to understand when to deny something that can hurt them, while controlling the dynamic of an unhealthy request.
Furthermore, preventative conversations help adolescents to strengthen trust with their parents, and make wise decisions about habits, friends, interests, and influences.