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How To Keep Your Teen Away From Drugs

By Brian Talley

Drug experimentation is common among teens. It is important that no parent ignores the possibility that their child may encounter a situation where they will have an opportunity to say yes or no to drugs. There are many different factors that affect whether or not someone will become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Teenagers still mentally developing and even experimenting can lead to a long term battle with addiction. If you are a parent, it is part of your responsibility to be knowledgeable about drugs and their affects, and be able to answer your children’s questions.

There are many different things you as a parent can do to help decrease the chance your child will be interested in experimenting with drugs. If you are looking for ways to get started remember to start small and you will be amazed how quickly your child will open up to you. Here are three different tried and tested ways to greatly decrease the chance that your teen will be a drug user.

Top 3 ways to help you teen say no to drugs

Nothing says stay away from drugs like a few photographs of drug users and scientific information to back you up. As a parent, acquiring specific knowledge about the physical and mental effects of drug abuse can be a valuable tool. You should also be prepared the second you have a child to start behaving the way you want them to behave as teens. From a young age, children observe their parents and copy what they do. As your child grows into a teenager, the ideas you have given them about drugs and alcohol will stay with them.

A teenager who feels like they have stability in their home life is less likely to experiment with illegal drugs. Many teens start using drugs and alcohol because they are looking for a way to fit in or be accepted. Take time to spend with your teen and make sure they know you support them. If they feel supported at home and have designated time to spend with you it will be easier for you to spot any changes in them that might indicate they are unhappy.

If you notice that your teen is spending a lot of time alone, help them find something more stimulating to do. Even the smallest towns have a variety of groups and organizations that a teen can become involved with. A teenager, who is working toward a goal, whether it is sports, working to save money for a high dollar item, or performing with a local theater group, is unlikely to become distracted by drugs.

Get more information on the topic or seek the professional help from your source for addiction recovery. Make sure you check out the FCCR News.

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