Tackling substance abuse among teenagers is always quite embarrassing for parents. It requires a great deal of patience and wisdom on the part of guardians and teachers to persuade youngsters to abstain from any sort of addiction. While some of them can be drawn back to the right path quite easily some may require arduous and long counselling sessions and even medication. Here are some points on how to deal with teenagers who are found to have started substance abuse.
One of the main reasons behind substance use among teenagers can be peer pressure as well as the influence of friends. So it is important to have healthy friendships. Mild substance use can often lead to serious and potentially fatal addictions. If you are using substances or alcohol at a very young age, there are more chances that it would eventually result in an addiction.
If you suspect your children of substance use, it is always best to ask them directly. If you keep your suspicions to yourself, that can lead to more complications. And there is no point in scolding or punishing them for using drugs. Instead, they might start secretly consuming it more.
Please make your children aware of the harmful effects of substance abuse. Sit with them and try to understand why they are doing it which will help in finding a solution. Facilitate a warm and friendly atmosphere at home. Also, make them understand that substance use won’t help in relieving stress. Encourage them to take up healthy habits to combat stress (games, exercises).
Children who are going through mental and emotional stress are likely to take up drugs. So it is better to diagnose such issues beforehand and get professional help. We have already discussed the symptoms of substance abuse. Such symptoms persist only when you continue with substance abuse. Initially, nothing will show. So if you suspect your children of substance abuse, promptly take professional help.