Drug Use is Life Abuse wants to help parents understand the dangers of substance abuse, and it starts at home.
Preventing drug abuse begins with preventing drug use. Children as young as third grade often feel pressured to try “gateway” drugs, like tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. These drugs often lead to an increased risk of trying more dangerous drugs that lead to substance abuse.
It might be uncomfortable at first but communicate with your child openly and calmly about the seriousness of drugs. Always keep an open line of communication between you and your child so they feel safe and comfortable talking to you about their concerns.
If you suspect your child may be using drugs, it is important you remind them that you are there to help. Have a discussion and listen to what your child has to say. Lashing out may only push them further down the wrong path.