Talk with your Parents

If your parents don’t start the conversation about drugs and alcohol, you can start it. (Yes, really!) Talk to them about how you see them interact with alcohol and what it makes you think about.

Approach your parent when he or she isn't busy with something else. Ask, "Can we talk? Is now a good time?" Driving in the car or going for a walk can be great opportunities to talk. If it's hard to find a good time, say, "I need to talk to you. When is a good time?"

Think ahead about what you want to say or ask. Write down the most important ideas if you need to.

When the time has come to have a conversation with your parents, remember to be honest, direct and try not to argue.

Think you might have a problem with drugs and alcohol? Don’t be afraid to talk to your parents. You can also talk to another adult and ask them to talk to your parents for you. If you’ve got a problem, it’s important to ask someone to help you.