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How Parents Accidently Encourage Substance Abuse in their Teens

Everyone knows that a parent that uses drugs usually has a child that uses drugs. This is a way that parents purposely teach their children to use drugs. There are ways to encourage your children to use drugs without even realizing it.

Not Talking About Drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, talking to your children about drugs is crucial. Some parents think that if they ignore the subject of drug use and drug treatment their kids will never get the idea to use drugs.

Strangely enough some parents think that talking about drugs will give their kids the idea that drugs are a good thing. You need to talk with your kids about drugs and drug treatment early and often. Keep the lines of communication open.

Being Insipid About Your Kids Drug Use

Encourage Substance Abuse

Withdrawing is a presign of substance abuse in teens.

If your kids are using drugs you need to stop it now. When you are insipid, they will continue to use. You need to put your foot down and take a no drugs allowed stance. If they are already using, then send them to treatment immediately, do not wait for them to quit on their own and do not think of it as just a phase. If you need help finding a treatment center in your area call 800-683-3270. We can help.

Ignoring Signs of Mental Illness

Many people with mental illnesses also abuse substances, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Research Report Series. Some children show signs of mental illness very early. If you know and recognize these signs, you have a good chance of preventing drug abuse later on.

Ignoring Presigns of Drug Use

There are signs that happen before drug use happens. If you ignore these signs, you run the risk of looking for the signs of drug use later on. These signs are:

  • emotional behavior
  • withdrawing
  • academic failure
  • social difficulties
  • family difficulties

Identifying Teen Drug Abuse

Not Talking About Prevention

If you ignore the prevention techniques, you might wind up with a child using drugs. There is a lot of literature on preventing drug use on our website. Take advantage of it and read up on how to prevent teen and child drug use.

Not Supervising Them

People supervise their child’s internet use looking for predators, their child’s grades for college, and their child’s television time. With all this supervision, they sometimes fail to supervise their actual child. A watched child will not use drugs. Do not be afraid to search your child’s room, bag, or purse. Yes, they will complain about privacy but they also will not be able to hide anything.

Not Sending Them to Treatment

A child using drugs needs treatment. There are centers for teens and children of all types. Not sending your child into treatment at the first sign of drug use encourages them to continue to use. It will also show younger children your stance on drug use. For more information or to find a treatment center call 800-683-3270.

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