How to Use This Book
As a way to forge a healthy pathway of communication:
Ms. Page has put together a valuable resource in her book "A Parent's Guide to Substance Abuse and Addiction." It will answer all the questions you may have about alcohol and other drugs, and the effects they have on immature brains. Ms. Page has gathered recent research on the topic from all over, compiling it all in an easy-to-read format that will help you talk to your children about drinking and using. Research shows that when parents talk to their children early, and often, about substance abuse, and give the strong message that they do not want their children to drink/use, the children are more likely to make healthy choices for themselves. This book will provide you with a wealth of information to explain why you are so concerned.
- Mindy Agler, LMHC, Tavernier, FL
I purchased this because my son is entering middle school next year and I wanted to be as informed as I could. This guide answered questions I didn't even know I had. Since I wasn't exactly an angel myself, I was shocked to learn about drugs and ways of getting high that I had never heard of! Really? Having digested this information I feel informed to have these conversations with my son. I never know when my son will bring a topic up or we'll watch a show or something will happen that gives me the opportunity to discuss drugs or alcohol with him. I now have facts that I can weave into our conversations, facts that give me some additional credibility. I am sure that there are many variables that go into a kiddo's decision, but I want my son to be well informed and to feel he can ask me questions...to see me as someone who has solid answers. I'll have a few answers to questions he doesn't even know he has.
- Michelle Bohls, LMFT, EMDR, Austin, TX
I thought I knew all that I needed to know in order to talk to my kids about alcohol and drug abuse, addiction, and consequences. After my oldest asked his first couple of questions, I realized how much I didn't know. When his father and I tried to find the answers, they were difficult if not impossible to find and the conflicting information out there is overwhelming, confusing, and frustrating. Then we found this ebook. It covers all of the basics, gave us an invaluable education, and held my kids' interest as well. We all read it together and this is now a subject that we can talk about easily and openly.
- Elena, Mother of two teens
As an ice breaker:
Although I knew that I was supposed to talk to my daughter about drugs and alcohol, I didn't know how to approach the subject so that she would listen and not feel like she was being lectured. Whenever I brought up the subject, she would just roll her eyes and assure me that she already knew everything that she needed to know and that I shouldn't worry. I decided to buy this ebook and just simply give it to her to read on her own. It wasn't long before she was coming to me, asking questions and needing to talk. It became clear to both of us pretty quickly that neither one of us had been knowledgeable enough and that continuing to avoid these discussions could have resulted in a fair amount of potential danger. I'm hugely grateful and relieved that I found this ebook.
- Rick, Father of a 14 year old