In today’s world, substance abuse is rampant, especially amongst teens. One reason is because drugs are so accessible. In fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid them. However, experts believe that parents have a great role in determining the path of their teen’s habits. So, yes, it is realistic to believe that teenage substance abuse prevention practices may be effective.
Where Do We Start?
Research has shown that prevention may start with parents who remain involved and incorporate positive parenting tips. During adolescent and teen years, parents are highly encouraged to keep open communication with their children. In this manner, adults are more likely to help prevent their kids from falling prey to substance addiction.
With that said, there are other vital tips, which parents may find useful during these precarious times:
1. Set Proper Guidelines
As a parent, it is your responsibility to set clear and firm guidelines. These will help your teen identify the best direction. Make sure that you let your child know what expectations you hold. This will aid them to stay focused and avoid peer pressure.
2. Remain Involved
It has become brutally common how one or both parents neglect their kids unwittingly. This is generally due to outside work or other family commitments. And, this could be very dangerous for kid who has just entered his teens. A lack of direction and attention can lead a youngster astray. Teenage substance abuse prevention begins with listening and giving attention.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that parents keep monitoring their teens’ activities and behaviors. Keep the lines of communication (and trust) open so that they can share their concerns with you. Also, it is important to make sure that you are aware of where your teen is at all times.
3. Use Positivity
Many parents have the habit of comparing their children’s performance with that of their own. It is essential to understand that the world that our kids live in is different from what experienced.
Hence, instead of comparing your teen’s performance to others, it is effective to use positivity whenever you can to motivate them. Remind them of the positive choices they make. Then, use positive reinforcements to help your child to gravitate towards “good” company and healthy activities.
4. Talk About it
At the same time, it is also important that you make sure that your teen is aware of all the consequences associated with substance abuse.
Many adolescents that are unaware of the dangerous results of adopting bad habits. Additionally, adolescents often feel immune to natural consequences. Unfortunately, they don’t get to know them until after addiction has set in. As a parent, it is your responsibility to inform your child about all the imminent harms of drug use.
5. Keep the Environment Healthy
Oftentimes, children whose parents suffer from addiction are more likely to adopt such habits. Moreover, it is no surprise to know that if the environment at home is stressful, the teenager will be more inclined towards adopting negative “coping” habits. Thus, as a parent, try to keep the home environment welcoming and reduce as much stress as possible. The child will be more apt to feel less dissatisfied. Hopefully, this will aid in eliminating the need to look for other self-destructive solutions.
The role of the parents is significant when it comes to teenage substance abuse prevention. Positive parenting, which includes: listening to your child, keeping open communication, and staying involved may help deter your teen from gravitating towards drug use. For other up-to-date tips on keeping you and your family healthy, check out Get Thrive! If you like our articles, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter too!
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