Learn how you can help keep your kids drug-free by following the advice in this article!
An effective program to prevent drug abuse in adolescents must first start at home. There are several things that parents can do to help their kids just say "No" to drugs.
Probably the single most-important thing a parent can do to help their kids stay drug free is to be involved in their kids' lives. Kids need to know the facts concerning drugs and drug addiction, and they need to know that their parents care about them; their health and their welfare.
Talk honestly with your kids about drugs and tell them how harmful they are to a person's body. Explain to them how drug addictions start and how dangerous they are. Answer any questions they may have about drugs, and answer them honestly.If you have had a previous experience with drugs, share this information with your children. Point out your mistake and the negative impact it had on your life, including family and friends.
Set and enforce household rules against drug-abuse in your home. Know who the kids' friends are and whether or not they are involved in drugs. Dissuade them from hanging around with kids who have drug problems. Meet their friends' parents and talk to them about your stance on drug prevention.
Know where your kids are when they are not at home. Encourage them to participate in sports and school activities, and to volunteer for community projects. Be there when you can to cheer them on at sports events and let them know you are on their side; the drug-free side. Help them to feel good about themselves and to build up healthy self-confidence. This will help to prevent them from being involved in drug activities, as well as help them keep away from involvement with alcohol.
If you don't already know the signs of drug abuse, then you need to learn them. Even if you don't believe that your kids or their friends are involved in drugs, learn the signs and watch for them. Signs include mood changes for no apparent reason; changes in appearance such as sloppiness or dirtiness; changes in physical appearance such as a sudden drop in weight. Drug addicts who use needles to "shoot up" drugs tend to wear long sleeved shirts or sweaters, even in the hot weather. They do this in order to cover-up the needle marks on their arms so they won't be found out. Watch for school grade performance-adolescent drug users can't keep good grades up. They are too busy poisoning their minds and their bodies.
Be a good example for your kids. Stay drug free. If you are involved with drugs, do your kids as well as yourself a favor and get off of them. Seek counseling or talk to your healthcare professional about your addiction.
Adolescents are easily molded and changed like putty in your hands. Do your part to help mold them into kids who have enough self-esteem and self-respect not to get involved with drugs, and they will carry that with them their entire lives.