Drug addiction among kids especially at teenage is taking a worrying trend. Concerned parents are restlessly trying to find means to prevent or help their kids come out of this dreaded menace. The tips I have numerated here may be of great importance to guide a parent help a child prevent substance abuse or recover from drug addiction.
It’s apparent that most of the uses of addictive chemicals affect life both psychologically and physically. The effects may turn out to be even more tragic if the addiction is continued for a long period. The type of the drug abused will also determine the intensity of the effects. Some drugs are known to have faster and lethal effects on human life than others. For instance, it takes a relatively shorter time for drugs such as cocaine, heroin or morphine to cause quite grave effects than it would take nicotine, caffeine or marijuana
As a concerned parent you need to be more close to your child. This will help you to know the circumstances that may have led to his or her abuse of drugs. Developing close contact will also help you to know the type of drugs he has been using.
To be a parent is both to be a teacher and a leader. You need to have knowledge on the effect of drug on your child. Teach them how dangerous the trend they are following is. For more fast and effective results, you may opt to use the services of a counselor or someone who is more resourcefully informed in this field. Some cases may be rather complex and require an intensive rehab or collective efforts of specialists.
Try to know the peers of your child. They may be the most likely persons with whom the drugs are abused. Introduce kids to church gatherings and other forums where good morals are constantly taught.
Help kids to live more responsibly. Let them understand that they are the future. They must know that what they are doing today spells what they will become tomorrow. It is your role as a parent to teach your children to relate with others responsibly. There is a great potential in every parent’s ability to help his or her children to develop responsibility especially in the following areas.
1. They must be stirred to develop self-responsibility where one can arise to a level of embracing a mind-set of self-reliability.
2. Try out incentives that would motivate them to develop a family responsibility. This will help them feel answerable to the matters concerning their family as well as the society they live in instead of shrugging their shoulders irresponsibly. Those kids who adopt the notion of saying, “it is not my fault” usually turn out to be irresponsible members of the society and easily fall to such traps as drug and other substance abuse.