Resources for Teens

Teenage Girls Using Digital CameraDo you think your friend has a drug problem? Working up the courage to confront a friend
about his or her drug use or drinking is very difficult. In fact, it may be one of the
hardest things you’ll ever have to do. But part of being a good friend is recognizing
when your friend needs help- even if it wasn’t asked for. Here are some tips on talking to
your friend:

  • Start by telling your friend how much he/she means to you and that you are worried about her.
  • Give him/her examples of when his/her drug use or drinking has caused problems or affected you or others.
  • Let him/her know that you want to help and tell him/her what you will do for her.
  • Discuss this issue when your friend is not high or drunk.
  • If you aren’t comfortable having this conversation with your friend by yourself, get some
    other friends to help you out- there’s safety and support in numbers. Be careful not to “gang up” on your friend.
  • Try talking to an adult that you trust before talking to your friend. There are many people that can help you figure out the best approach.
  • If you are not comfortable talking with your friend face-to-face, try writing a note, texting, or an e-mail.

Remember that talking with your friend is only the first step. It may take several
conversations before he or she understands how serious you are about their drug use or drinking. Don’t give up if he or she doesn’t stop after your first conversation. Your friend may need additional help to face his or her drug or drinking problem, like talking to a counselor or getting treatment.

Information retrieved from

Online Teen Resources

Too Smart to Start

  • Quizzes, games, and facts about teen alcohol use
  • “Homework Help” that gives ideas and information for teens’ school papers, presentations, and projects

Above the Influence

  • Resources including how to help your friend if they have an alcohol or drug problem
  • Drug education site created just for teens

Girls Health Gov

  • Information for girls on how drugs and alcohol can affect their bodiesabovetheinfluencelogo
  • How to avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
  • Information and quizzes about prescription drug abuse

The Cool Spot

  • Information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure
  • A “reality check” on trends of underage drinking