Talking to your Teen or Young Adult about Alcohol and Drug Use


"Developing open, trusting communication between you and your teen or young adult is essential to helping him or her avoid alcohol and drug use and feeling able to talk to you about those opportunities and choices. If your teen feels comfortable talking openly with you, you’ll have a greater chance of guiding him or her toward healthy decision making."

Patty Stetson, CCS, CSAC, is fully credentialed both as a professional interventionist and as a substance abuse counselor and clinical supervisor. Having held significant clinical positions in both inpatient and outpatient facilities, Stetson is very familiar with the benchmarks of quality programs and the intricate details of treatment. She provides interventions and recovery support services across the United States to adolescents, adults, and seniors, and can be contacted for a no-cost consultation by calling 919.757.6397 or visiting her website at:

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About Author

Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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