Learning about substance misuse prevention is the first step to a healthier life. Whatever your age, it’s never too soon to become informed. Become involved with your school and local community groups. Let your voice be heard.
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Youth Support Groups
- Al-Anon Family for Teens: A group for problem drinkers who can find understanding and support through group meetings, podcasts, and other resources.
- Alcohol Anonymous: The AA website can help young people find AA meetings near them and has brochures directed at young people.
- Narcotics Anonymous: The NA website can help young people find NA meetings near them and has resources including brochures for young addicts.
- Smart Recovery: SMART Recovery is a leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. The website provides resources for teens and youth support programs, meeting locations, and an online community.
- Turning Point Recovery Center – Youth Support Group Weekly meeting lead by trained Youth Leaders.
- Support community efforts to prevent substance use and participate in community activities that promote healthy behaviors – join your local community coalition or start one! see Coalition List
- Promote prevention at your school by joining or starting a school substance use prevention group.
- Above the Influence. It’s a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that’s negative influence. And if you’re one of the teens who want to stay above it, visit Above the Influence
- Students Against Destructive Decisions, a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
- Practice different ways of saying no when people try to get you to do things that you don’t really want to do.
- Even if your family provides a warm, caring, supportive place to grow, also seek support through adults in your school, community organizations, or faith community. The more positive adult relationships you have, the better.
- Let your friends know that you are available when they need someone to talk to. If they need it, help them get additional assistance from a counselor, social worker, parent, or other adult.
- Spend time with people that help make your future dreams and plans come true.
- Remember that younger kids see you as a role model. Be sure your actions show younger kids how to be kind and to make healthy choices.
- If someone is being a bully to you or someone else, ask him or her to stop. If that doesn’t work, tell an adult.
National Resources for Youth
- CDC: Here you can find resources and information on prevention work at the national level
- Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: Resources are available on this website for youth and teens about substance use, including in-depth information on various substances and concurrent disorders, as well as steps to seek help
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: This website works to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.
- Truth Campaign: This campaign provides information and uses videos and social media to engage youth in taking action against tobacco and tobacco companies.
- Your Room: This website offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, their effects, withdrawal, and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it.
- Johnny’s Ambassadors: Saving Our Youth from the Harms of Marijuana
Youth Substance Use Institutes
- National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence: This informational website provides support to those who need assistance confronting the diseases of alcoholism and drug dependence.
- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and wellbeing. They provide resources directed toward young people to evaluate your drinking and tools to stay in control.
- NIDA for Teens: NIDA provides a wealth of knowledge and resources including easy-to-read guides about various drugs. Their website for adolescents includes videos, blog posts, and drug facts.