Substance Use and the Teen Years

  • Understanding the unique risks associated with substance use during the teen years
  • Risk factors that increase the likelihood of teens developing abuse or addiction problems
  • Protective and prosocial factors that help protect teens from developing substance use problems.

What can parents do to navigate the issues of drugs and alcohol?

Substance Use and the Teen Years

Estimated Time: 47 Minutes, 12 Seconds
Instruction: Jonathan Hetterly, LPC
Difficulty: Beginner

Drug and alcohol use is a scary proposition for parents. We cringe at the idea of our children engaging in adult behavior and worry about the type of kids that regularly engage in drinking or drug use.

If we are not careful, the topic of drugs and alcohol can fuel parents to be fearful and reactionary in their approach. 

So, how does a parent go about tackling the topic of drug and alcohol in an informed, a proactive, and preventative manner?

Course Outline:

  • Navigating the Issues of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Substance Use Trends with Today’s Youth
  • Which Teens Are At a Greater Risk?
  • How to Talk About Alcohol and Drugs with Your Teen
  • What Else Can Parents Do?
  • Free Resources and Final Thoughts

Jonathan Hetterly, LPC

Jonathan Hetterly is a licensed professional counselor. He specializes in helping teen and young adult men navigate the challenges they face in life. Jonathan is also a writer and his articles are regularly featured on and

He has contributed material to several books that explore the intersection of pop culture and psychology, including The Walking Dead Psychology, Star Wars Psychology, and Game of Thrones Psychology.

 Jonathan is also a co-author of the parenting book Southeast Psych’s Guide for Imperfect Parents: A Book Written By Imperfect Therapists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions that Jonathan Hetterly, LPC receives on a regular basis.

My Areas of Expertise

Jonathan Hetterly’s areas of expertise includes changing the landscape of teen and young adult culture, as well as drug and alcohol related issues, failure to launch, and marriage/family therapy.

Public Speaking

Jonathan Hetterly primarily speaks to schools, churches, and other religious organizations. If you’d like Jonathan to speak to your organization, please send an email to

Writing, Publications, and Other Forms of Media

Jonathan Hetterly writes for and on a regular basis. Jonathan has also assisted in writing multiple books, including Southeast Psych’s Guide for Imperfect Parents, Mixed Shrinks, Psychology of the Walking Dead, Psychology of Star Wars, and Psychology of Game of Thrones.

Where You Can Find Me

If you’d like to learn more about Jonathan Hetterly, follow him on these social networks and websites!

Psych Bytes | Shrink Tank | Southeast Psych | Twitter

What can parents do to navigate the issues of drugs and alcohol?