Parenting is hard enough without having to worry about drugs. Sadly, many parents believe that drug addiction can never happen to their child.
Believing that your child is exempt from the temptations of drugs is a myth. Due to the massive media influence and other outside factors you can not control, every child is at risk. Let’s discuss some of the reasons that teens use drugs:
- To escape family issues
- Low self-esteem
- Peer pressure
The most common drug of choice for teens are prescription drugs. They’re easy to get and hide from parents. Teens believe the myth that they’re safe. In addition, there isn’t as much of a stigma as there is with cocaine or heroin.
What Can Parents Do To Prevent Their Child From Using Drugs?
Be involved with your child. Communicate with your child about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse can cause. Teens that are educated about the risks at home 50% less likely to use drugs or alcohol. And if they’re trained well enough at home, they can inform their friends against falling into drug use.
In addition, if you are on prescription meds for a medical condition, keep them separate from other medications in the house. If your teens can’t get to them, they’re less likely to try them. Also, be sure to dispose of your unused or expired medications properly.
Where To Get Help
You want to educate your child, but you don’t know where to start. Give us a call at Walnut Creek Youth Center. We have programs in place to help families learn the risks and triggers of drug addiction to aid in prevention. Don’t wait until your teen is already addicted.