How To Talk To Your Teen About Drugs

Talking about drugs can be difficult. It’s an important conversation for parents to have with teens, but many don’t know where to start. If you are concerned, it’s a good idea to keep the following tips in mind.

Be Factual

Teenagers are far more informed than you might think. When you talk about drugs, stay away from the scare tactics. Instead, be real. Tell them what can really happen if they used drugs, both from a health standpoint and a legal standpoint. Let them know about the real consequences. There are enough problems with drugs that you should not have to make things up. Remember, a teenager will immediately remember your lies and consider everything else you have told them to be tainted. Don’t make that mistake when talking to your teens.

Don’t Judge

It’s also important that you remember that your teenager is only going to talk to you if he or she feels safe. That means the moment you start to judge, he or she will shut down. While you absolutely need to know if your teen is using drugs, it’s vitally important that he or she is receptive to the information he or she gives you. Put aside your worries for a moment so that you can find out what you need to know. There’s plenty of time to take action once you are aware of what is going on.

Be Supportive

Finally, make sure you are supportive when your teen comes to you with questions. Your teen might share things with you that don’t exactly make you happy, but the fact that he or she is sharing is a big deal. Be supportive of his or her struggles. You don’t have to be overly permissive, but deal with your teen like he or her is a real person. You’ll be amazed by how receptive to your advice a teen can be when he or she feels validated and respected.

Don’t be afraid to talk about drugs with your teen. If you are honest, straightforward, and supportive, you can have a productive conversation with him or her. While you might not always agree about everything, it’s important that you share what you believe with your teenager. What you tell him or her will help to inform his or her own beliefs, so make sure you go about this conversation in the right way.

Recovery for Teens: It’s Okay to Ask for Help

We are a group of drug and alcohol free teens, but not all of us have always been that way. Our friend, Thomas, used to have a drinking problem. Ever since he started drinking his father’s whiskey in secret when he was 14, he developed an alcohol habit. Luckily, last year he was able to go to rehab and seek treatment. After going through the program, he was able to find something new to live for, a new hope.

There is a misconception that teens can’t have drinking problems. Afterall, they aren’t even old enough to drink legally. However, this is not the case. Thomas is the perfect example. There are many teens who not only have drinking problems but are in need of rehabilitation and recovery programs.

There is nothing wrong with seeking help if you feel you have a drinking problem. In fact, it’s much better than you seek treatment now than it would be for you to have years of drinking before you admitted that you needed help. Attending a rehabilitation program may be the step that you need to take so that you can become a vibrant drug and alcohol-free teen.

Most teens who drink will not be willing to admit they have a drinking problem, but the truth is, any teen who drinks has a problem. Teens should not be drinking at all. Alcohol can greatly impair your judgment and cause you to do things you otherwise wouldn’t do. Alcohol can be horrible for your health as well. There are a ton of negative effects that alcohol has on your body, your life, and your overall sense of wellbeing.

Ever since Thomas gave up drinking, he has been much happier. Now, he goes to church, he plays saxophone, and he has a lot of friends. He is doing a lot better. When you make the choice to stop drinking, you are able to give your life so much more meaning.

God has only given us one life, one body. It’s our job to take care of that body. Drinking alcohol is like drinking poison. It’s treating our bodies carelessly. If you are a teenager who drinks alcohol, I would strongly encourage you to stop. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help and treatment. There are plenty of programs designed specifically to help teens.