Teen Drug Abuse: Parents’ Common Mistakes (Part 2)

Here are the rest of the items on the list of common mistakes made by parents pertaining to substance abuse.

6. Equating smartness with maturity

Substance abuse does not exempt even the smartest of kids. Just because a child is intelligent, it does not necessarily equate to matured decision-making skills especially on issues related to substance abuse. Experts have said that fully matured and responsible judgments only happen when a person reaches the mid 20’s.

mother talking to teen7. Failure to acknowledge the changes in a child

The most obvious signs that kids are into some kind of addiction are manifested physically, mentally and emotionally. Parents should be on the lookout for any changes in their child’s behavior. A decline in academic standings, loss of weight, poor personal hygiene, changes in sleep pattern and mood swings may be indicators that something is wrong.

8. Allowing kids to have easy access on medicine cabinets at home

Prescription drug abuse has become one of the fastest growing types of substance abuse in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report claiming that one in every five teenagers get their “high” from prescription painkillers which they surprisingly get from other family members and friends.

It should be a practice at every home to properly dispose of medications that are not needed anymore and that medicine cabinets should be secured. Other household substances such as solvents and aerosols should also be kept away from kids.

9.  Refusing to get help

Substance abuse can be treated especially at the earliest stages. It is estimated that over 2 million teens are in need of treatment to get over their addictions, but only 150,000 are able to get the help that they need. As most experts advise parents, prevention and early intervention are key to putting kids back on the right track.

10. Doing it (substance abuse) themselves

Parents have always been the role models of their kids. Showing them the right behavior and attitude on substance abuse can make a big difference in their decisions.

Pass it on. Help a friend or a loved one.

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