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Dealing With Drug Abuse And Your Child

Nov 2, 2007
Drug abuse is not only seen in adults, it is also seen more and more in young teens. The problem seems to escalate every day. You hear more about teen drug abuse than you do about adult drug abuse. The reasons are attributed to peer pressure, low self-esteem, loneliness and because parents do the same thing. Parents are rarely completely without fault whether they are doing drugs or not.

If a child sees a parent drinking, they may feel this is normal behavior and want to do as their parent's do, except they turn to drugs, which is easier to obtain than alcohol. Even if a parent does not drink or take drugs, they should still monitor their child's behavior and emotional status. Drug abuse is not hard to detect, it is easy if you know your child.

Parents should always have an idea about their child's friends as well as where they go and what they do. A parent that goes to bed before the child is home for the night will have no clue as to what condition the child came home in. Parents do need to have control over any child that shows any signs of drug abuse, early. If drug use is left unaddressed, the problem can only escalate. This is when a parent loses control of their child and the problem.

Drug abuse counselors and school counselors can help with a drug abuse problem, but a parent needs to take control of their child's life to help control the ease of obtaining the drugs. If you think your child is using drugs, you can receive information and counseling yourself before confronting your child. Some parents feel that they cannot deal with the drug situation, which results in another problem. The child has gained control of the parent.

Drug abuse is rising every day and not much can be done to control the problem. As a parent, you can educate your child on the different outlets to turn to instead of drugs. If a child knows you are there for them, they may be more apt to open up. If they are alone all the time and you do not have time to talk, they may find their own solution, which could easily be drugs.

Children who have open and close relationships with their parents seem to adjust rather well to changes and do not need to try drugs. For some, personal issues weigh heavily on the decision to try drugs, which can lead to drug addiction. Drug abuse is a growing problem that can only be stopped with parental control over children.
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