What Parents Need to Know About Drugs

DrugRehab.com - A substance abuse guide for parents

Drugs are anything that is taken to change the way the body and/or mind works.

Substance abuse is when someone uses a drug in a way it is not intended to be used, uses more than recommended or when its use affects their daily life or relationships negatively.

Addiction is when someone uses a drug regularly and for a long time despite knowing what the risks are. They may also be mentally or physically dependent to the drug and experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using it.

Tolerance is when someone uses a drug for a long time and their body becomes used to it so they require a larger dose to get the same effects.

As parents you are the most Important Influence in your Child's Life

There is a growing body of research that shows that parents are central to preventing adolescent substance abuse.

In fact, kids themselves say that losing their parents' trust and respect are the most important reasons not to use drugs.

As a parent, your actions do matter.  When you suspect, or know, that your child has used drugs, take action to stop it as soon as you can. It may be the most important step you ever take.

When NOT to talk to your teen about drugs:

It is always best to talk to your teen as soon as you can when you are worried about drug use but there are some times when you should hold off.

  • If your teen is drunk or high any conversation that you have will not be helpful and might not even be remembered. In this case it would be better to wait until they are sober.
  • If you are angry and yelling your teen will not listen to what you have to say. Wait until you have had a chance to calm down and have a two way conversation with your teen.
  • If you are not prepared for your teens questions or answers this talk will be even harder to have. Do some research about teen drug use before you start and you will be better prepared for it.

 

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What can you do to help?

If you think a youth is dealing with an addiction or drug-related issue, talk to them about it. If they don't want to talk to you, give them other options such as going to see a doctor, counsellor, or other health care professional.

Are you or someone you care about having a problem with drugs?