Juvenile Court Preventing Teen Substance Abuse
Phone: (415) 444-7045
Email: juvenile@marincourt.org
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm


  1. Keep your eyes open; watch for signs of drug and alcohol abuse in your family.
  2. Develop healthy family communication so your teens know that they can talk to you about anything.
  3. Set limits and consistently enforce them. This makes it easier for teens to say "NO" when pressured by peers.
  4. Help your teens feel good about themselves; build up their self-esteem with support, praise, and love so they respect themselves and want to reach for their dreams.
  5. Serve as a good role model. If you have a substance abuse problem, get help for yourself.
  6. Help teens to make wise decisions based upon their own beliefs. Encourage them to say "NO" and avoid unhealthy situations.
  7. Encourage teens to choose positive friendships.
  8. Give teens the support they need to do their best in school.
  9. Help teens deal with failure so they learn to cope without wanting to escape with drugs or alcohol.
  10. If you suspect drug or alcohol abuse, talk to your teen about your concerns. Even if he or she is not using drugs, it helps you know your teen's attitudes and also explains your own position. Good communication is the best way to help teens avoid drug and alcohol abuse.

For more information on how to help minors deal with drug and alcohol problems, contact:

  • Your local school counselor or drug coordinator;
  • The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Programs at (415) 473-3030 or by clicking here;
  • The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service at (800) 662-4357.