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How to approach drug issues with your family

Alcohol and drugs are a community issue. Talking openly and honestly about them with your family, particularly your children, is one step you can take to prevent drug problems. 

The more you know, the easier it is to talk with your children about alcohol and other drugs. It may also help you recognise and prevent illegal or problematic drug and alcohol use early on and to start finding solutions. 

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FDS provides telephone support to families in crisis due to drug and alcohol issues. FDS is staffed by volunteers who have firsthand experience of drug dependent family members.

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Resources for parents

Your Guide to Dealing With Teenagers and Alcohol

This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around.

This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around. The guide includes:

  • setting boundaries
  • tips for encouraging responsible drinking
  • being a good role model
  • alcohol and the law
  • guidelines for parties and holidays
  • useful web links.
  • The guide is designed for use in information stalls, libraries and health and community centres.

Available individually

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Your Guide to Dealing With Teenagers and Alcohol (Display Box)

This display box also includes 30 copies of the guide which helps parents communicate with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around.

This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around. The guide includes:

  • setting boundaries
  • tips for encouraging responsible drinking
  • being a good role model
  • alcohol and the law
  • guidelines for parties and holidays
  • useful web links.
  • The guide is designed for use in information stalls, libraries and health and community centres.

Available individually

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Talking With a Young Person About Cannabis

This booklet is designed to help you talk with a young person you know who is experiencing problems with cannabis use. It will help you talk with them more effectively about cannabis use. Improving communication, or getting over a communication block with a young person is the key. You may feel unsure of your ability to understand them or to express your concern to them. This book aims to give you effective communication skills in discussing this sensitive topic.

NCPIC’s ‘What’s the Deal?’ series aim to give relevant information on cannabis to different target groups, including parents, young people and cannabis users wanting to quit cannabis. They provide information in a conversational tone and are designed to be handed out to clients or put in brochure display racks. For more resources and information about cannabis, including a new range of low literacy posters and booklets, go to www.ncpic.org.au.

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Fast Facts on Cannabis

Fast Facts on Cannabis covers: the short-term and long-term effects of cannabis, is cannabis stronger than it used to be?, cannabis and mental health, dependency on cannabis?, treatment for cannabis use, effects of passive cannabis smoking, Does cannabis use lead to the use of other drugs?, effect of cannabis on driving skills, Isn’t cannabis legal in some parts of Australia, medical benefits of cannabis?, and where to go if you have a problem with cannabis.

NCPIC’s Fast Facts series aim to give a brief, easy-to-read summary of cannabis-related topics. They are designed to be handed to clients or put in brochure display racks. For more resources and information about cannabis, including a new range of low literacy posters and booklets, go to www.ncpic.org.au.

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Additional support

It can be very challenging for a parent to talk to their child about many issues, including drugs. For advice about how to talk to young people about drug use, there are resources available:​
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