How to Help your Drug Addicted Teen
Teen drug use, is among one of the most serious societal problems of our time.. Drugs like ecstasy, amphetamines, psychedelic mushrooms, heroine, cocaine and oxicodone are just some of the recreational drugs available to children. Adolescence is a time of a rite of passage and as children are struggling to establish their own identity and distance themselves from adults.
This road is often strewn with many traps and dangers along the way. This is why we cannot say with complete certainty, our child will never use drugs. We can only hope and pray that we have taught them properly. Drug use happens in the best families.
While we cannot follow our children around 24 hours a day, hopefully we can instill in our teenager, principles that can help them resist the temptation when they are placed in a pressured situation. Peer pressure can sometimes be stronger than the words we try to instill in our children.
Drug Addicted Children
Can we Talk?
It is helpful if parents can establish a home environment where can talk about anything, including child drug use. In order to do this, we have to recognize that our teenagers are individuals and people deserving respect and have a right to speak as well as to listen. Too often parents lecture rather than having a conversation with our children.
The key is, while allowing a child to express him or herself, if we listen, we will be able to hear their heart, their fears as well as their struggles. Be quiet and listen to your child. I understand that kids can tend to ramble on and on about things you may not find interesting or even understand.
Be delighted that your child wants to talk to you at all. Know, that in the rambling, you likely hear what you need to help steer your child in the right direction. Set up situations for your child to succeed, by promoting your child's strengths and talents. Achievement, is one of the keys of self-esteem. Help them to develop self-control, time management
A child who develops a healthy self-esteem is less likely to use drugs. Parents have a great deal to do with the self-esteem of their children.
Though we try to instill in them a that they are loved, valued and have much to contribute in this world, we cannot control what happens at school and outside the home. This is why it is important to make the home a safe place for your children to land.
No matter how much we want to protect our children, there are some things that are beyond our reach and influence.
Teen Substance Abuse
What's in your Medicine Cabinet?
If there are prescription drugs in your home, put them in a place where you child will not have access to it. There is an epidemic of teen drug use and prescription drugs. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America Drug Awareness, 1 om 5 teens have tried prescription drugs for recreational use.
Parents know their children better than anyone. Look for changes in your child’s behavior. Has their personality changed? Is your once cheerful child sudden become moody and reclusive? Look for any troubling changes in your child's behavior, grades, and friends.
These are things you will want to consider as possible red flags. Undiagnosed depression or ADD, can also be an open door for teen drug use. When I was a teen, I suffered from both depression, anxiety and ADD. Neither, I nor my parents knew it I had these problems, but I knew there was something wrong, though I could not articulate it.
I remember telling my Mom, I was depressed and her response was, “what do you have to be depressed about?” In the past there was a misconception that should not be depressed. My depression and ADD did lead to my drug use.
When to Take Action
We as adults, are the guardians of our children. If you believe your child is in trouble, you are probably right. Many a regretful parent has though, "not my child!" and did noting to confront their child's drug use.
There is too much information out there to say we do not know. We need to be information, proactive and reactive, when it comes to teens and drug use. Ask for help from professionals, who can better guide you in helping your child.
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