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Drug abuse has always been a lingering issue in the global scene, and especially in children and teenagers. It’s important for parents and guardians to always be on the lookout for the potential of their kids to engage in drug use.
If you suspect your teen children to be using (or abusing) drugs, here are five steps to help you address the issue:
1. Check signs of drug use
You may not be a licensed psychologist or drug abuse expert, but you may have observed some tell-tale signs that your child may be using drugs. Some of these include missing prescription drugs in the home cabinet, frequent and excessive use of perfume (to remove smoke odor), decline in academic standing, or less frequent socialization.
2. Search their things
Although it may appear as an invasion of privacy, searching your child’s things could give you hints on their potential drug abuse. Try to do a search discretely over your kids’ room, particularly in desks and drawers, under the bed, behind the closet, or any possible space that’s good for hiding stuff.
3. Intervene immediately
A prompt intervention is a good way to start handling a drug problem, but try to make it less painful and direct. Create an atmosphere of a welcoming discussion for your children. If you feel like your emotions will get the best of you, postpone the discussion to another time. Eventually, if you feel like your child is using illegal drugs, consult a professional who can handle the situation better.
4. Implement preventive actions proactively
Restrict access to things that can potentially induce substance abuse at home. Examples include locking the liquor cabinet, making a regular inventory of the medicine cabinet contents, or verifying his performance in school.
5. Be understanding
Drug abuse may be a sensitive and alarming problem, but don’t let your child think that you’re going to police and punish them for what they did. Instead, be a parent by caring for your kid’s welfare and eventual healing. Be as understanding as possible while being firm on saying no to illegal drug use.
It is a parent’s personal mission to protect his or her child from the dangers posed by drug abuse, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse has produced a helpful series called Mind over Matter, aimed at teenagers, grades 5 through 9.
Since it may be a bit difficult to expect all kids to read through the material out of their own volition, it may also be a good idea for parents to use the information on the site as they try to talk to their own kids about drugs.
In a series of posts, we will be sharing with you information regarding drugs that you can share with your kids, based on Mind over Matter.
For this post, we will focus on cocaine.
Cocaine is essentially a stimulant; a stimulant has the ability to change how your brain works. A mild example of a stimulant is caffeine, which one can consume through chocolates and soda. When taken in large amounts, caffeine can make one feel energetic. There is nothing wrong with that; however, there are illegal stimulants like cocaine that are much stronger than the caffeine you take in with your grande iced caramel macchiato, which are dangerous.
Cocaine is derived from the leaf of the coca plant, and comes in the form of either a white powder which abusers inhale through their nose, or crack, which is smoked.
The drug can make a user feel good for a while, but it can take away one’s ability to derive pleasure from such natural rewards as enjoying a nice bar of chocolate. Thus, one who is hooked on cocaine will end up wanting more of it in order to get that good feeling back.