Educate yourself on the subject first. Use the information on Freevibe.com to communicate to your teenager what effects drug and alcohol abuse can have on his/her life.
Have a family meeting about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. Use the kind of language that your teenager can understand and encourage him/her to ask questions.
Recommend websites to your teenager where he/she can learn more about avoiding drug and alcohol abuse. One such site is Checkyourself.com, designed especially for teenagers.
Fostering an open communication with your teenager. Encourage him/her to come to you no matter what and be willing to help.
Monitor your teenager's activities. Have him/her invite friends to your home, so you can observe their behaviour and beliefs. Be an active part of your teenager's life by sharing various activities with him/her.
Continuously express your opinions towards drug and alcohol abuse. Discouraging your teenager from drugs and alcohol is an ongoing process.