Drug Addiction Prevention
What Can Parents Do To Prevent Drug Abuse in Their Children?
Consider the parents as being the front line of defense, “military commanders” fighting an ever-changing, ever-dangerous enemy. The best thing to do in preventing drug abuse is do your best. Your children are going to make their own choices in life, but you can have a dramatic impact on how they make those choices. There are many ways you can be proactive in the prevention of drug abuse in your family.
“Do as I say not as I do” doesn’t work for drug addiction prevention in your children. If you want your children to avoid trying drugs or alcohol, refrain from using them yourself. Your example is stronger than your words. Mothers and fathers have equal, but very different responsibilities in this area, because children need both parents. Children will model their parents’ behavior patterns, and BOTH parents need to set the example.
Talk to your children about drug addiction prevention! Use some common sense and talk to your kids about drug abuse at their level. You can use over-the-counter medicines as a good learning tool about your children. When you give them a children’s dosage of the medicine, explain to them that only mom and dad are to give the medicine. You can talk to them about the risks of drugs and how drugs can harm them.
Listen to your kids! Allow your children to tell you what is going on in their lives. Don’t be ready to pounce on an idea, but let them talk to you. Kids will come up with some strange concepts, but listen and be supportive of them telling you about those mysterious ideas. This is not being their “buddy,” but it is being a good listener and a loving parent. Be the parent and be in control. The listening sessions, the little chats, the times you exchange ideas with your children all serve to fortify your relationship. As the parent, you need to be the one your child trusts, the person he/she knows will always love them and be supportive.
Moms and dads are in a position to have tremendous influence for good for their children. It’s a difficult job being a parent, but in a world where drugs and alcohol are everywhere, parents need to take their “military commander” jobs very seriously.
How can I help my grandson?
Hello my name is Lydia, I have a 27 year old daughter that is on pain meds and is addicted. She is the mother of a 17 month old boy and she has just started shooting Oxycodone and I am not sure about meth and Suboxone.
I need to know what I can do to get my grandson out of this situation?! This is one of the most heartbreaking things I have had to do, I love my daughter but I love my grandson more he can't help himself.
Need Help Please!
by: Ned Wicker
It is a decision that no mother wants to make. Nothing is more sacred than the relationship between mother and child, but when mom makes terrible decisions and is not accountable for her actions, the child will suffer. Shooting oxy and taking a variety of other drugs puts the child in jeopardy.
While it will probably do little or no good to confront your daughter, you may want to explain that you are concerned and you want her to seek help for her substance use disorder.
She also needs to understand that her actions will have consequences, one of which is you going to the family courts to have the child removed from the home. The can be avoided if she agrees to go into treatment. Understand that she may not care what you say and she’ll continue to use regardless of the consequences, mainly because her disease has progressed to the point where she no longer has any choice. Sometimes a person will keep on using no matter what, so the only way to save your daughter might be to turn her in.
You also need to get some support for yourself and I’d suggest Al-Anon. It’s an organization designed specifically to help people like you and believe me there are moms out there who have gone down the same path you are walking on, so do not be afraid to seek them out and allow them to help you.
As much as it hurts, you have to focus your attention at protecting your grandson and getting your daughter into treatment. She will try to manipulate you, she’ll get angry with you and she’ll lie to you, just to get you to back off. Don’t do that. Stay your course. This story can have a happy ending, but you’re going to have to be strong.
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