In today’s world, many kids start experimenting with drugs and alcohol at a very early age. It is for this reason that parents should take on an active role in educating their kids about addiction and its consequences. Unfortunately it is not always easy to talk to your kids about serious topics such as addiction. If you are a parent wondering how to talk to your kids about addiction, the following tips can make it a bit less stressful.
Since children are starting to experiment with drugs and alcohol earlier and earlier these days, it is a very good idea to start talking about addiction at a young age. While there is no set age to begin discussing serious topics like addiction, use your own judgment. You know your kids better than anyone else, so you will be able to tell when the time is right. With that said, always remember to approach your kids with age-appropriate information that they can comprehend. For example, a 7 or 8 year old may not be ready for the same information as a 10 or 11 year old. By providing age-appropriate information your kids will gain knowledge without being bombarded with (Read More....)
Many people do not realize the large amount of young adults who are using and abusing alcohol. This abuse has become so significant, that before the age of 18, over 70 percent of teens have had at least one drink. NIDA, The National Institute for Drugs and Alcohol, has also discovered that people are four times more likely to become addicted to alcohol when they start to drink before the legal age limit. Educating our youth on drug and alcohol abuse is very important and helping them to say no is a big part of that.
For some teens, starting high school can involve peer pressure bullying and stressing. This is very hard to deal with emotionally and sometimes physically. This abuse could be the reason that a teen will start to drink alcohol. Many addicts that have abused alcohol for years use alcohol to numb things that could have started in high school or maybe even before. For parents who do not want this to be their child ten years down the road, help them to deal with their problems and let them know that drinking is not going to fix the problem.
Helping Your Teen
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