As a parent, one thing you need to be aware of is the prevalence of drugs throughout the school system and community where you live. While you may not think it’s much of a problem, heroin use, in particular, has been on the rise.
Now is a good time to talk to your child about drug use and to work out a solution if they are already struggling with drug abuse. While this might not seem like a conversation you need to have (after all, you have already told your children not to use drugs), it’s a good time to give them a reminder.
Why would a child use drugs when they know the risks?
You can remember being young, but being young in the past isn’t the same as today. There are a number of risk factors today that increase the risk of drug use, like peer pressure that never stops thanks to the Internet or easier access to drugs because of larger communities and schools.
Your child may want to experiment with drugs at first, but they could quickly find themselves addicted. If they have mental health issues or have been through trauma, then they may be more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Some teens choose to use alcohol or drugs out of boredom, while others turn to prescription medications that aren’t their own to help them cope with stress or the inability to focus.
How can you help your child see the danger of drug or alcohol abuse?
If you want to make that connection and help your child avoid alcohol or drug abuse, start talking to them honestly. Allow them to see the reality of what happens to people who use and get caught up in addiction. Stay involved in their life and teach them skills that they need to succeed in life.
If your child is struggling, make time to talk without judgment. Giving them an opportunity to open up to you and explain their feelings or problems may give them the outlet they need instead of turning to drugs or alcohol for relief.
Everyone’s family is different, and you know your child best. Speak with them about the risks involved if they decide to turn to drugs and explain how it could harm them. If they do end up taking drugs or using alcohol, seeking help may be one of the best things you can do for them.