It seems to be getting increasingly more difficult for parents to have discussions with their teens about important issues. In America today, we are seeing an epidemic rise in the number of young people that are getting involved with heroin and painkillers. It’s a problem that demands immediate attention.
Are you having difficulty trying to figure out how to broach the subject of drug abuse with your child? If so, you are not alone. Many parents report having difficulty even knowing where to start. The reality is that you need to talk to your child. They need to hear about the dangers of abusing substances from the people they can trust the most.
To better help you get past any hesitations you have about having this very important discussion, here’s a few tips that might make the process a little easier.
Before starting any conversation, it would be helpful to educate yourself about current issues related to drug abuse both around the country and in the local community.
No surprise attacks. Kids tend to get defensive when suddenly confronted about important topics. You can ease their anxiety a bit by telling them you need to have a family discussion about a very important health matter, when would be good for them.
You can start the conversation by asking them what they know about current drug abuse issues in the community.
Even if you suspect your child might be experimenting with drugs, you don’t want to make unfounded accusations.
In some ways, kids are growing up faster than they did when you were a teenager. It’s fine to start a conversation about drugs when your child is 11 or 12 years old.
It’s easy to focus on the horrible effects of drug abuse, but try to get the conversation headed in a positive direction. Scare tactics seldom work. You should focus more on the things your child can accomplish by simply avoiding negative influences like drugs in their life.
This is an important topic. If you simply feel you can’t have this conversation, it would be worth the time, effort and money to enlist help from a professional counselor.
If you are still not convinced talking to your child about drug abuse is important, consider this. How would you feel if an open and honest conversation was all it would have taken to keep you child from getting caught up in the cycle of drug addiction?