In today’s day and age, it can seem nearly impossible to know what’s going on in the lives of teens. Social media and cell phones have added a new level of secrecy to teen interactions which makes it hard to know what teens are doing in their free time.
By the time you know whether or not your teen is dealing with drug abuse it may be too late. That’s why it’s important to nip any possible drug abuse in the bud before it even happens. By preventing drug abuse in your teen from a young age, you can avoid future negative ramifications.
Preventing your teen from abusing drugs means taking preventative action. Here are six ways you can stop your teen from drug abuse before they even start.
- Give them all the information they need. You’re going to need to talk to your children about drugs as soon as they can understand what drugs are. The more they are informed about drugs, the less of a chance they are to decide to abuse drugs because of misinformation.
- Support good behavior. Congratulate your child when they do well in school (even if it’s not an A plus), and give positive feedback on a daily basis. This helps them know that you’re on their side and may even improve your relationship! By emphasizing the positive, you’re stopping them from engaging in negative behavior like drug abuse.
- Let your teen be aware that negative actions have consequences. Don’t be afraid to be strict. Being strict does not equate to being “mean”. Think back to when you were a child. If you did something wrong, did your parents punish you? Punishment helps young people understand what they should and should not do. They need to be aware that if they do something wrong, they can’t just get away with it.
- Talk with them about peer pressure. Their peers are more than likely going to be involved with drugs in some way. Make sure your teen knows how to turn them down.
- Ask your teen what they think about drug abuse. Listen to what they have to say about the issue. Make statements rather than questions, such as “I’d really love to hear your opinion…” rather than “What do you think?”. This way, they can open up to you and you can tell from their nonverbal reactions what they REALLY think about drug abuse.
- Be open about your history. If you’ve tried drugs in the past, tell them about your experiences and the experiences of your friends growing up. If you chose not to do drugs, explain to them why it was important for you not to. This makes drug abuse more real to teens.
blueFire can help
If you feel as though your teen is on a path towards using drugs, or if they have already dabbled in drugs, blueFire Wilderness Therapy can help. blueFire Wilderness helps young people ages 11-17 along a path towards healing and understanding.
For more information about blueFire Wilderness Therapy, please call 1 (844)-413-1999.