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Work hard at building and maintaining a strong, warm relationship with your teen. But pay particular attention to your teen’s friends - substance-using friends are a GPS pointing your teen in the wrong direction.

For practical tips on how to build the relationships necessary for healthy living, learn more about my book “30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family” at www.HowToSaveYourFamily.com and then borrow it from your local library.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@howtosave yourfamily.com.