Many small conversations are easier than one big talk. Find moments every day to connect and talk about substance use and addiction and listen to what kids have to say.
When questions arise, use it as a teaching moment. Educate yourself on substance use and addiction so you can respond with facts, rather than fear or judgment.
As children mature, so should your conversations. Talk about the dangers of substance use and gambling at every age and prepare them for real-life situations.
NY's Prevention Framework
NY's approach to addiction prevention is pro-active and data-driven. We utilize proven-effective strategies and programs to reduce or prevent problem behaviors (i.e. problem gambling or alcohol/drug use) in individuals, families, and communities. Understanding and identifying certain risk and protective factors help prevent problem behavior and promote healthy development among children, adolescents, and young adults. Increased protective factors include: open communication with family members, teachers, and other adults in their lives; strong sense of family, positive experiences and role models; as well as the attitudes/conditions of their community.
Prevention providers deliver evidence-based education programs, workshops, and training sessions in community-based settings (e.g. schools) statewide and work on policy and enforcement efforts to reduce underage drinking and create positive alternative activities for youth.