For Families

In 2005, TRI began a collaboration with the Partnership at (formerly the Partnership for a Drug Free America) to create science-informed helping tools for parents struggling to protect children from the dangers of alcohol and drugs. That collaboration partially formed the basis for the Parents Translational Research Center, funded in 2010 by NIDA and one of the first translational research centers of its kind devoted to research and development of practical tools for parents and other caregivers confronting issues of drug or alcohol use in their teenagers.

The Parents Translational Research Center has released several research-based tools for parents:

  • Underage Drinking in the Home: An interactive online resource for parents and caregivers to help inform them of the legal liabilities of serving alcohol to teens.  It is available at
  • Six Components of Effective Parenting: This booklet provides an engaging discussion of six parenting practices that can help reduce the chances a child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.  It is available in English and Spanish.
  • The Law & Ethics Research Division has conducted research on dangers on the internet, including pro-use and no-prescription-needed websites.  To educate parents further about these sites, TRI developed WebSafe™, a highly informative training to increase awareness and educate parents, so they can prevent their children from encountering some of the dangers on the world wide web.

Developed with Partnership at

  • Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain is an interactive, multimedia tool to help parents understand teen brain processes and establish the parent-teen talking connection.
  • Time to Act! is an online resource consisting of science-based guidance when parents know or suspect their children are drinking or taking drugs.
  • Time to Get Help! is a multi-faceted resource for parents with a teen or young adult struggling with an alcohol or drug problem.