To maintain open lines of communication at a time when acceptance by friends and peers is becoming important, and to strengthen your child’s healthy coping strategies. Other goals include: explaining the difference between prescription and over-the-counter drugs, why some medicines are misused, and how drugs change the way you act, think, and feel. Now is the time to warn of the special dangers around prescription painkillers, and to express your disapproval of any drug and alcohol use, while setting and reinforcing consequences.
Going into middle school can be difficult, and you may be offered drugs and alcohol. Even though we’ve already talked about why those things are unhealthy, I want you to know that you can always talk to me if you have any questions or if you’re ever made to feel uncomfortable.
Tell me about your friends and their families. What are they like?
Have you heard of people misusing medicine? Why do they misuse it? What happened to them?
How would you handle it if your friends wanted you to experiment with alcohol or drugs?
In [that movie/show we watched], what consequences did the person who used drugs/drank experience because of their decision? If you were that person’s friend, what advice would you give them?