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If you know that your child is experimenting with drugs and alcohol...

Posted on December 15th 2011 by Teen Challenge Canada
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If you know that your child is experimenting with drugs and alcohol, what you do next is crucial.

Some parents shrug drug experimentation off as a phase. Other parents deny the problem and hope it will go away on its own. But the truth is you can’t ignore your child’s drug problem — it will not go away on its own.

What Parents Can Do.

  1. Find out what drugs your child is experimenting with. Children will claim they are only smoking marijuana when they are really using other drugs too. Investigate matters and find out what’s really going on.
  2. Study your child’s friends. If your child is experimenting with drugs, some of their friends are also involved. Find out which of these friends are involved and get your child away from these influences. One of the most common reasons those that leave Teen Challenge early end up back on drugs is because they returned to old friends and old hangouts where they used drugs before. Those that stay clean find new friends that encourage, support good values and have fun without drugs and alcohol.
  3. Get involved in your children’s lives. Spend quality time with your son or daughter helping them with homework or talk about their day. Turn off the television. Attend their activities and see who their friends are and how they act when they are together.
  4. Set standards for your child. Provide clear expectations for them around the house, what their chores are and what the consequence are for not doing them. Set standards for behaviour at home and at school. Be very clear that using drugs and alcohol is unacceptable. Use tough love if they continue to experiment with drugs or alcohol.
  5. Seek help from understanding people. Find helpful resources like a Drug Abuse Counselor or Teen Challenge. We can empathize with what you’re going through & offer practical advice.

Call a Teen Challenge centre for more information on getting help for yourself or a loved one.


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