Parents Being In Denial When Their Kids Are Using Drugs
Are You Proactive as a Parent Regarding Drugs?
Signs of Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is becoming an epidemic in the United States today. From opiates to newer designer drugs such as bath salts and ecstasy, we are seeing an entire generation abusing powerful drugs that often lead to addiction. In many cases, there are warning signs of drug abuse.
Heroine, Fentanyl and Pain medications are the drug of choice of today's generation but it is killing so many that we must be proactive. Do you know the signs to look for to make sure your kids are not doing drugs? Have you educated them on drug abuse and what it can do to their bodies? At What age is a good time to start teaching your kids about drugs?
These are all very good questions and this topic may not be so easy for some parents because they feel their child would never do drugs. Well that saying is farther from the truth. We all know children of preachers and the saying that goes with that don't we?
There’s no easy way to determine whether your teenage son or daughter is using drugs because many of the signs and symptoms resemble typical teenage behavior but there are common signs that any parent should look for.
Blood shot eyes
Changes in behavior: you may notice that they all of a sudden have new friends. They may also distance themselves from the family or become secluded.
Changes in their mood: They may become angry or mad for no reason. There decisions may become irrational or dramatic in their actions. You may notice your child becoming more irritable, verbally abusive, or even violent with your or other children in the household. Additionally, your child may begin to threaten to drop out of school, run away from home, or destroy property. (The Recovery Village).
Changes in their personality: They may become aggressive or and have poor interactions with others. They may start failing classes that they previously had all A's in and not care about anything anymore.
Changes in their physical appearance: The child that once took 45 minute showers, may now hardly shower at all. They don't care if they have clean clothes on or dirty. They may not brush their teeth or their hair and look scrungy. Drug use takes a toll on anyone's body. They may have tremors or shake. Track marks on their arms and bruising. These signs warrant a drug test. You can get them at any pharmacy.
Keep your eyes open and your mind open because it doesn't matter how much money you have, your child can still be on drugs.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Admitting it is Half the Battle
If your child comes to you and confides in you that they have a drug problem, its not time for you to scream and yell at them and put them in time out. It's time for you to step up to the plate and find them help.
Admitting you have an addiction is the first positive step anyone can take. There are a lot of treatment options and most health insurances do pay for drug rehab. A 3 week stent in a drug rehab is not enough time to get over an addiction. If that is the only amount of time you can get them into a rehab, then have a plan when the three weeks is up. See what groups are available in your area for out patient treatment.
Also keep in mind these are young people. Drug rehabs have other young people in them as well. Make sure your child has not developed some kind of relationship with the opposite sex while they were in rehab. It's not surprising for a young person to lean on another young person in a crisis, but once your child leaves rehab, the relationship needs to stay right there.
You are going to have to monitor there phone usage once they come out. You don't want their first phone call to be to their drug dealer. This is the time you need to be there 100% for your child. Forget about Facebook, Twitter and the like. Its not time for you to worry about your needs. You need to focus on your child.
Yes you are embarrassed because everyone knows now about your child but at least they are still alive.
How Anyone Can Help
A crying mother, standing over her deceased child in a hospital room, has to be one of the worst feelings in the world. "She was not in to hard core drugs and maybe used it once" is the biggest lie they will ever tell.
Yes I suppose someone could drug overdose their first time doing drugs but it is highly unlikely.
At this moment, she want someone to listen. There are so many feelings coming and going. A mother feels she failed her child, she is angry and sad and just wants comfort. It is no time to say what you would like too. Listen to her. Her heart is broken. Not only does she have to deal with the fact that her child died from a drug overdose, she has to deal with the fact that she has to bury her child. We are never suppose to bury our child before us. Its not right.
She is beating herself up and taking the blame even though its not her fault. At this moment her whole life has gone to hell and is not coming back for a long time.
She wants to know the how and the why and no one has answers. Why was her child left on the side of the road to die or in their car? Why was her child found over dosed in an abandoned building? These are all the horrible things that have now become a reality.
For the most part just listen and comfort them. Hug them and let them know you are there for them. Tell them you will help them get through it.
What Drugs Do To Your Body
The Names of Street Drugs and What They Are Used For
The newest on the market is Bath Salts. Other names for this same drug are Plant Food, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, or White Lightning. These drugs are stimulants. These stimulants increase levels of dopamine, a brain chemical that can create feelings of euphoria.
Cocaine or other names of this drug are Blow, Bump, C, Candy, Charlie, Coke, Crack, Flake, Rock, Snow, or Toot. Cocaine is also a stimulant.
Ecstasy or Molly
increases levels of several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It alters your mood and makes you feel closer and more connected to others. Users get a sense of euphoria and a boost in energy.
When the drug wears off, though, it can lead to confusion, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
Flakk is a drug that has a stimulant-like effect but can cause paranoia, hallucinations, and can lead to violence or self-harm.
Heroine also known as Brown Sugar, China White, Dope, H, Horse, Junk, Skag, Skunk, Smack, and White Horse is an opioid that is addictive physically not just mentally. People on heroine can not just stop using this drug once they start.
LSD also known as Acid, Blotter, Doses, Hits, Microdots, Sugar Cubes, Trips, Tabs, and Window Panes a hallucinogenic that causes someone to see, hear, and feel things that seem real, but aren’t. These hallucinations, called “trips,” can last as long as 12 hours. (WebMD)
These are the most common drugs in the United States and they are taking over young peoples lives to the point that a whole generation will become extinct. It only take one person to introduce these drugs to your child and they will go to hell and back before they will kick the habit.
As your children become teenagers, be proactive. Just like you would have a talk with your teenager about sex, talk to them about drugs also. Many kids are followers and not leaders. Teach your child to say know to things that don't feel right to them. If you as a parent have a drug problem then get help. You children do what they see and learn.
Show them video's, movies and documentaries on drugs. Show them how the drugs are entering our country and who the bad people really are. Don't be afraid to talk to your children. Do it now before they won't be able to talk to you.