Teenagers often resort to outside influences whenever their families are not open to discussions. As a parent, you should allot time to talk to your kids, even during busy work days. It is important for them to feel that they can talk to you whenever they have problems bothering them. This doesn’t mean you should always try to talk about substance abuse – on the contrary, talk about anything and everything. This way, whenever an opportune moment emerges regarding the risks of drinking and driving or the dangers of consuming drugs, it will come naturally. Always prioritize your role as a parent over your role as a friend though – this is very important to remember.
Conversations are a much healthier medium than confrontations. If you have reason to believe your child is taking any substance – whether LSD or marijuana, talk to them but don’t yell or judge. Instead, educate them and ask questions. Communicate the fact that you care and that you have expectations. If your child is not opening up to you about it or curving the conversation, seek the help of a therapist specializing in adolescent problems.
Protecting your kids from drug and alcohol abuse can require a great amount of effort. Though it may be difficult, it does pay off in the long run. Kids are not solely responsible for fulfilling dreams and goals – you have to help the, and that can sometimes mean laying down the law or dealing with uncomfortable moments.