How to Help Your Teens Under Drug Abuse There are several factors on teens which can develop abuse to drugs. These factors will contribute to their decision in turning to addiction. As a parent of a teen, it is important to be aware of these risk factors so that you can observe and get help for your children. Here are the following factors:
Teens who are in a period of changes. Most of the teens will be exposed to influences and pressures when they are going from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school. In this phase, young teens have a higher chance of using drugs so they can fit into the older crowds and a new circle of friends who are already into drugs. This is often called as peer pressure.
Teens that suffers from mental health issues. Many children at a younger age can suffer from anxiety to depression. Most of them who are facing this issue are likely to succumb on abuse of drugs. This is because they think they have no one to turn into and talk to. They use drugs as a mean of temporarily removing the sad thoughts and experience.
Teens without positive guidance from an adult. Broken homes and abusive parents are some of the consequences of teen turning into drugs. Some are due to their environment. Parents who abused drugs have a higher chance of having teens who abuse drugs as well. It creates a cycle and without proper guidance can also be passed to other generations.
How to talk to teens in this sensitive topic?
1. Before you begin to talk to your teen, you need to figure out first if they are currently under drug influence or not. Teens who are under the influence on drugs tend to be violent and can experience an erratic reaction to your talk.
2. It is best to wait until they are sober to address the problem. In this state, they are more into the state of talking and responding to your inquiries.
3. After the talking, follow up by investigating. When you confirmed that your teen is on drug abuse, you should keep track of the things. You can do it by keeping a journal and write down your observation secretly. You need to include the date, time and other important details as much as possible.
4. If your partner is present, make sure to talk about the situation to them and the confrontation happened. Your partner would participate in this intervention. You can use the other person as a mediator or the support provider during the time you will talk again to your teen.
5. Understand that it won’t take only one conversation to come up with a solution. Formulate an idea on what to do next based on the first conversation. You can discuss with your child about rehabilitation and other remedies necessary.
6. If based on the conversation you need medical help, it is essential to contact a health professional as part of the intervention and discuss what strategy to do for the recovery.