Do you think your teen is taking drugs or drinking alcohol? If so, read on. 

We live in a world where young people are open to all sorts of opportunities, not all of them positive. When they begin to find their own identity and seek independence, they are likely to take risks. These can be varied in nature, such as driving too fast, getting in with the wrong crowd, drinking alcohol or trying illegal substances.

As a parent, when you either suspect or discover that your son or daughter could be experimenting with drugs or alcohol, it can be devastating. It can be a difficult, emotional time and hard to know how to voice your concerns.

Families Out Loud recently met with Motiv8 who work with young people. We wanted to find out about the questions they ask teenagers as we feel this might be helpful to parents who are having conversations with their children. Motiv8 also provide important safety guidance for teenagers who are still tempted to try substances, despite the best advice from the adults around them. Here is the information they shared:

Questions we regularly ask teenagers:

  • Why do you feel you need to use substances?
  • Is this the only substance you use?
  • What do you like about the substance you use?
  • What do you dislike about the substance you use?
  • Do you use with older peers?
  • Do the peers you mix with use other substances?
  • What would be the benefits of stopping?
  • What gets in the way of you stopping? 

Safety Plans:

  • Never take drugs off people you don’t know. 
  • Never mix drugs and alcohol. 
  • Know what you’re taking. 
  • Plan your journey home. 
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged up before you leave the house.
  • Always have money for a TAXI. 
  • Let someone know where you’re going. 
  • Do not get into cars with people you don’t know who offer you drugs.

Families Out Loud would like to thank Motiv8 for allowing us to share this with you. For further information please contact Motiv8:

Phone – 0800 1696136

Email –

Instagram – dhimotiv8

If you need help with teenage drug or alcohol addiction in Chippenham, Trowbridge or Corsham, please get in touch with Families Out Loud.