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Speaking to your teen about drug, alcohol use – messenger-inquirer

Parenting in this era can be overwhelming. There are many opinions and parenting styles that can be discussed.

However, when we are faced with drug and alcohol use among our teenagers, there must be an approach where all hands are on deck. It is a community problem that encourages parents and adult mentors to communicate clearly with our teenagers, understanding both sides of the coin.

There are clear reasons why our teenagers behave riskily, and it is important to acknowledge this. At the same time, they are made aware of the severity of the risks. Visit websites like drugfree.org and youthfirstinc.org to learn how to talk to your teen about alcohol and drug use.

Here are some tips to help you talk to your teen about substance use:

1. Ask your teen a question about the dangers of steaming, drinking, and drug use. Use this conversation to discuss the consequences that matter to you in the here and now. It is worth mentioning how the consumption of substances can affect their relationships and reputation. These are things they don't feel invincible about. They may do something embarrassing and have to deal with the social consequences at school on Monday morning. You can do something that you regret and therefore hurt a relationship or friendship. It is also helpful to associate their athletes and academics with drug abuse. If they are tired and hungover at the weekend, they don’t want to learn or practice.

2. Be open with them about drug abuse in their family. According to the Genetics Science Learning Center in Utah, scientists contribute 40-60% of a person's risk of developing an addiction to genetics. Sharing family history and stories helps make decisions based on specific risks.

3. In addition to genetics, people suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. are at higher risk of substance abuse. The dualdiagnosis.com website is a great resource to help teenagers relate their emotional problems to how they can treat themselves with substance use.

4. Be clear about your expectations and the consequences they will have at home if they are found to be drinking, steaming, smoking or using drugs. It is important to build a relationship in which young people can share their struggles or experiences while knowing the ramifications if they are caught consuming.

Meet the parents of your teenage friends. Let them know your values ​​and that you disagree with them drinking, smoking / vaping or taking drugs. There are parents who mistakenly feel that they are protecting young people by allowing them to drink or use substances under their supervision, as they feel that this is a safer alternative that they feel that they are making their own decisions and acting independently can. Make it clear to yourself and others that this concept inadvertently gives you permission to drink / smoke / use drugs yourself.

Remember that as parents we can educate and lead, but our teenagers are the ones who make the decisions. It is our responsibility to keep them as safe and educated as possible. Most importantly, you are there when they fall and help them get up again.

Valorie Dassel is a social worker at Youth First.

Valorie Dassel is a social worker at Youth First.

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