This page is intended to help Parents as they approach difficult but important topics. We have listed some very basic resources, articles and links for information, and will continue to update the page as we receive more helpful information that we want to pass on to you. 

Click on the red "PDF" document link wherever you see it, to view online brochures, which you may also download and print. 

The RCFY believes that ALL adults have the power to make a difference in the lives of our young people. To support this vision the Coalition has purchased multiple copies of Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend - by Peter L. Benson, PH.D.

These books are FREE for adults in the community who are looking to learn more about how simple it can actually be to make a difference in young person’s life. Male or Female, Old or Young, Rich or Poor, we are all responsible for the children our culture is raising. If you are interested in reading the book please contact our office, if you love it – please pass it along to a friend so others can learn about how easy it is, if you are not a fan and captivated from the start – please return to our office so we can share it with someone else.

Take a look at this video PSA that the High School Youth Action students created in 2014 for the 2nd annual Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival:

                                 So, Your Child is Going to a Party?               So, Your Child is Throwing a Party?

Safety Contract: 

We encourage you to print this and fill it out with your kids.



Thank you to Raymond NH Police Department, Raymond Fire Department, Raymond Ambulance, Raymond Police Explorers and Brewitt Funeral Home for their "Fatal Reality" Presentation on May 9, 2017. Click on the photo to view the photo album for the entire presentation.

Hosting a "controlled party" - an underage drinking party - is illegal. Please watch this video made with the help of RCFY and the Raymond Police Department, that discusses this issue: 

Helpful Links: 

A Substance Abuse Guide for Parents from the website

6 Parenting Practices: Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem.

Time to Talk Toolkit:

When Talking with your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol:

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use:
Drinking alcohol undoubtedly is a part of American culture, as are conversations between parents and children about its risks and potential benefits. However, information about alcohol can seem contradictory. Alcohol affects people differently at different stages of life—small amounts may have health benefits for certain adults, but for children and adolescents, alcohol can interfere with normal brain development. Alcohol’s differing effects and parents’ changing role in their children’s lives as they mature and seek greater independence can make talking about alcohol a challenge. Parents may have trouble setting concrete family policies for alcohol use. And they may find it difficult to communicate with children and adolescents about alcohol­-related issues.

Prescription Drugs - Abuse and Addiction:
Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. According to several national surveys, prescription medications, such as those used to treat pain, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety, are being abused at a rate second only to marijuana among illicit drug users. The consequences of this abuse have been steadily worsening, reflected in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.

Tobacco Addiction:

We hope this Research Report will help readers understand the harmful effects of tobacco use and identify best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction.

E-Cigarettes & Vaping:

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults - Fact Sheet from a report of the Surgeon General, December 2016.

Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People: Visit the U.S. Surgeon General's interactive website, updated December 2016. 

Marijuana Facts Parents Need To Know:

The human brain does not fully mature until the early twenties. Among the last areas to develop are those that govern impulse control and planning. So what might that mean for teens? On one hand, they may be more adventurous than adults, willing to take chances…on the other, this could involve risky behaviors, including drug use. The trick is to find ways to encourage your kids to be the unique individuals they are, without exposing themselves to the dangers of experimenting with drugs - including marijuana. Talking openly about it is a good                   start. 

How Illegal Drugs Affect the Heart:
David Patterson, who works with the ACLS Training Center, has written this article about the effects of illegal drug use on the heart.

Helpful Links:

Counseling Services:

Seacoast Mental Health Center – Promoting recovery since 1963

Webster Place Recovery Center – Where recovery works

Drug Information Facts:


MDMA Research Report

Molly Fact Sheet

Family Support:

Families First – Support for families, health care for all.

A Safe Place – Saving lives and creating futures

A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

Boys Town – Saving children, healing families.

NIEHS Activities – Spend time with you child and have some fun – Games, Puzzles, Experiments

Family Day – Family dinners are an effective way to help keep America’s kids substance free


Drug Free NH is a collaborative effort of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. – Find the support, tools, resources, & answers you need as a parent or guardian.

PARENTS. The Anti-Drug.

CADCA – Building drug-free communities

Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

New Futures – Advocate, educate, collaborate to reduce alcohol and other drugs in New Hampshire.

National Organization for Youth Safety

Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention

Free Online Alcohol Prevention Course for Parents

Talking to Kids: Drug and Alcohol Help Resources

National Alliance for Marijuana Prevention – Top Ten reasons. The issues are complicated, the answer is simple. - An informational site with in depth guides and resources about addiction and ways to seek recovery.

Self Injury Prevention:

S.A.F.E. Alternatives – Self Abuse Finally Ends

Suicide Prevention:

The Connect Project – Training professionals and communities and suicide prevention and responses

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Illness


Granite Pathways Regional Access Points: Regional Access Point Services is a statewide network, accessible by phone or in person to help New Hampshire residents struggling with addiction, to get the timely, supportive services they need; helping both individuals and families navigate the complex systems of care to real solutions.

Road to a Better Life – Free yourself from your struggle with dependence. Nine locations throughout New Hampshire: Somersworth, Newington, Merrimack, Concord, Plymouth, North Conway, Littleton, Wolfeboro and Lebanon.

Addiction Recovery Services – Evidence-based treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health symptoms. Portsmouth and Salem, NH locations. Intensive Outpatient Programs and Aftercare offered.

NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator - Treatment for problems with alcohol or drug abuse is available. Find a provider in your area.

SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Opioid Treatment Program Directory.

Addiction Center: Helping you find an inpatient drug rehab in New Hampshire.