Talking to Your Kids About Substance Abuse, Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, we
talked about how to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol and some of the dangers
inherent in drug and alcohol abuse.
How To Prevent
Your Child From Using Drugs and Alcohol
It is most likely for someone to start
trying drugs during their teenage years which can lead to drug or alcohol
addiction and other health problems as adults. There are a wide array of things
a parent can do to help prevent your teen from participating in substance
abuse, here are a few examples:
an open line of communication.
Whether or not your teen has questions, they may not want to approach you
because they fear your reaction or that they’ll be in trouble for asking.
Having an open line of communication that works as a judgment-free zone can
help teens feel comfortable discussing substance abuse and possibly help
to speak their language.
A short follow-up text to your teen can do a lot. You don’t have to use
shorthand texting language. And if you’re really uncomfortable texting have
your kid teach you to use the speak-to-text option on your phone. Sending a
text to your teen can remind them of your conversation and that you are on
more involved in their day-to-day.
Spending quality time together has been shown to reduce the likelihood that a
teen will misuse drugs and alcohol. Spending time with your child, and giving
them your full attention can do wonders. Turn off the electronics and really
listen to what they have to say.
clear rules and enforce them in a fair manner. Teens need rules. Rules and
regulations give them structure and helps make them feel safe and loved.
Teens look up to their parents, whether they acknowledge it or not. Parents
play a very influential role in how teens see and react to the subject of
substance abuse. Show them how to handle stressful situations, so they know
what to do when they are faced with the same issues.
your kid how to refuse drugs and alcohol. Teens usually start abusing drugs or alcohol because they
want to fit in. Run through a few role-play scenarios with your kid and teach
them ways of saying “no” when someone offers them drugs or alcohol. Teach them
that people who pressure them to do things that make them feel uncomfortable or
are not good for them may not be good company to keep.
Kids Struggling with Substance Abuse
If you suspect that your kid is
experimenting with drugs or alcohol, or that their drug use is starting to
escalate, it may be time to seek
help. Talk to a counselor at your child’s school, or reach out to a substance
In some cases, kids may have been
abusing substances longer than you think, which may mean that they are already
in need of formal substance abuse treatment. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment
programs are commonly available.
The Mayo Clinic—Tween and teen health
Institute on Drug Abuse—Help Children and Teens Stay Drug-Free
Bluffs Rehab – https://www.bluffsrehab.com/prevent-teen-using-drugs/