Rosecrance offers teen drug prevention classes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The average age for kids to first be offered drugs is in the 5th grade - that's according to research from Rosecrance leaders.

Rosecrance specializes in treating drug and alcohol addiction in teens. Now they are launching a new way to stop the problem from beginning.

The Center is hosting meetings to show parents how to teach their teens to fight against drug use, specifically weed and alcohol.

Rosecrance emphasizes building what they call "resilience" in our children. Counselors say that resilience gives kids the strength to turn drugs down.

They also gave tips on how to spot symptoms of drug use in our kids. Like ignoring curfew and withdrawing from family activities.

"They have to be able to know what's right and what's wrong. They need to be able to stand up for themselves, and they need to know that we're here to stand up with them." says Jaime Doubek, a mother of a teen who attended the course.

"Research has shown that the longer someone can delay with experimentation of drugs, alcohol, nicotene, whatever, the less likely the odds are that they will experience difficulty," says Rosecrance President and CEO, Philip Eaton.

Counselors say that one of the most important ways to help our children grow up to be responsible and drug-free is to have a regular daily routine. That way there is less of a power struggle when we want them to do simple things like homework.

Rosecrance leaders say it is important to have open conversations with our children about drugs when they are even as young as 5 years old.