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Teen Drug Alcohol Abuse Solutions For Parents

Teen Drug Alcohol Abuse Solutions For Parents

Teens of all types abuse drugs and alcohol, no matter how well they’re doing in school or how healthy of a relationship they have with their parents. While finding out that a teen has been drinking or using drugs can lead a parent to worry, get angry or feel like a failure, it’s important to overcome those feelings in the name of stopping the problem. Drug and alcohol abuse requires professional help, and without intervention, it can lead to serious problems, including addiction, legal trouble and overdose.

Part of battling addiction is knowing what’s out there. It used to suffice to keep an eye out for drug paraphernalia and smell for marijuana smoke on clothes. But drug use among teens changes from generation to generation and moves in cycles. Synthetic drugs are easy to hide or even make at home, and manufacturers of street-drug paraphernalia are constantly coming up with new ways to disguise their wares as innocent objects.
The community-services officer on your local police force or an addiction specialist at a local hospital should be able to provide you with information on modern drugs and the signs of their abuse.
Communication and Monitoring

Make sure your teen knows you disapprove of drug and alcohol use, and warn against it. But also make sure your teen knows to come to you if he begins using drugs or alcohol. Teens often hide things from their parents to avoid punishment, so make it clear to your teen that honesty will not be punished–it will be rewarded with help to break the addiction and the cycle of destructive behavior.
Parents have a right and responsibility to know everything about their teen’s life. Know where your teen is, what she’s doing and who she’s with. It doesn’t do to know simply who your teen’s friends are, because outside elements (a friend’s older sibling or a friend of a friend) can easily cause trouble. Don’t be afraid to ask your teen whether she has been offered alcohol or drugs, or whether she has tried them. The honesty may surprise you. If your teen says no, make it clear that it’s OK to tell you if the answer is ever “yes.”

Pay attention to your teen’s online communication, including text messages, profiles on social-networking sites and instant-messaging accounts.

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