Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

Former Users

Did you use drugs in your past?  As a parent, you wonder-“Do I tell my kids about it?”  Sharing experiences is important, but what about this experience.  

What should you say? 

The key is to root the conversation in what your family values are and what you want for your kids. Leave out specific details. Instead focus on lessons learned, why your choices were not the healthiest, and what choices you would make if you could go back. Talk with them about what their values are, what their goals are, and what choices will help them reach their goals.    


Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.