Drugs are a very real danger in our society. Our children are especially vulnerable. While children make their own decisions, there are things you can do at home to help guide them in the right direction. Here are a few tips to prevent your child from a possible addiction.
1. Educate them
While it may be uncomfortable, it’s important to talk to your children about drugs and the ways they can destroy or even end lives. If you don’t talk to them, they will learn about drugs from friends, movies, or the internet. Many times, they may learn the wrong information from these places. Teach them the truth about drugs and the consequences of drugs. Be sure to start young. Children have access to drugs earlier than you would believe. Part of educating your child involved educating yourself as well. Be sure to learn about drugs and signs of abuse from others.
2. Be a good role model
Children know more than you might think. Even if you do it when you’re not around your child, taking drugs yourself will only encourage that behavior in your children. Do not take drugs or drink excessively. Furthermore, do not do drugs or drink with your child.
3. Punish poor behavior
Taking drugs is not acceptable behavior. Unacceptable behavior must be punished. If you catch your child using drugs, you need to punish them swiftly and harshly to prevent the behavior from getting worse. Make sure your child knows that drugs will not be tolerated in your home by taking away privileges and other punishments. When punishments don’t work, it’s time to look into rehab treatment for drug addiction. This is a great option for people who are constantly getting in trouble at school.
4. Be open
If children don’t have someone to go to with problems related to drugs, the problem will only get worse. As a parent, you need to make sure your child can come to you when they or someone they love needs help. Don’t let your child go through it alone.
5. Talk to your child
It’s important to know your child. Talk to them and learn what they are doing and who they are hanging out with. The more you know, the more likely you can spot a problem. This can be difficult with teenagers, but there are plenty of ways to getting your teen to ask. Ask questions in a nonthreatening way. Also, don’t respond in a way that prevents them from wanting to talk to you.