Additional Resources

National Organizations

Bay Area

ABOVE THE INFLUENCE

A campaign to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences.

DRUG FREE AMERICA

The mission of Drug Free America is to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.

 

IMPACT TEEN DRIVERS

This group was organized for the purpose of providing awareness and education to teenagers, their parents, and community members about all facets of responsible driving, with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths suffered by teens as a result of distracted driving and poor decision making.

 

MILES TO GO

A resource for parents, teachers, and students with continually updated Drug Facts.

NIAAA 

A Guide on Talking to your Kids about Alcohol.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE

NIDA for Teens is organized to offer students a range of educational experiences as they learn facts about drugs and neuroscience, and to support educators and parents as they facilitate student learning.

 

SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)

A non-profit organization which works to bridge the gap between the public’s understanding of marijuana and science’s understanding of marijuana.

 

SAMHSA
(
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services)

an underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

 

SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT

ON UNDERAGE DRINKING

Local Resources

  • The Coalition Connection

  • Check out My Kid Smokes Pot...Now What? blog by a Redwood Parent.

  • "Follow" our Facebook page HERE

  • Huckleberry Youth Programs. For more information about this San Rafael organization, which offers alcohol, marijuana and other drug counseling, visit http://www.huckleberryyouth.org/.

  • The Tam District Wellness Centers partner with Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Rafael to offer drug counseling on campus. For more information go to http://www.tamdistrict.org/.
     

  • Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services. For more information about this local program, go to http://www.muirwoodteen.com.
     

  • Marin YMCA Youth Court Programs.Director Don Carney runs a program entitled “Skills for Managing the Risk Taking Years”. For a small donation to the Marin Youth Court, all Marin County teens are eligible attending the four-day Alcohol & Drug Prevention Safety Skills Training workshops. For more information, visit http://marinyouthcourt.org.

Recommended Reads

Read Recommended Books.  Here are our recommended books for the Fall:  

  • Alcohol:  What's a Parent to Believe? by Stephen G. Biddulph and Marijuana: What's a Parent to Believe? by Timmen Cermak, MD, contain valuable information about the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the developing teen brain. 

  • Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths about Marijuana by Kevin Sabet, Ph.D is relevant to the debate about legalization.  

  • How to Raise a Drug Free Kid - The Straight Dope for Parents by Joseph Califano urges parents to advocate for "drug-free" versus "drug infested" schools. ​

  •  Getting to Calm by Laura Kastner (Chapter 13 is entitled "When You Catch Your Teen Drinking or Smoking") offers excellent preventative and "in the moment" advice beyond the "just say no" and "you're grounded!" approach.  Pages 233-243 feature different scenarios and strategies, depending on your teen's age, as well as practical tips how to parent effectively and as a team.​​

  • Where's the Party by Jonathan Scott and Kelly Townsend contains excellent practical information on the teen party scene.

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