So, what can you do to help your teen withstand the peer pressure to experiment with drugs?
First, be uncool. Be the most uncool parent on the planet by being nosey- very nosey. Insist on knowing where your teen is at all times and who they are with. Don’t allow them to associate with others that you don’t know.
Secondly, educate your teen. Don’t just tell them the dangers of teen drug abuse—show them. Words can only go so far in making an impression in their mind. Consider taking them to a Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or some other drug rehab program. Let them see and hear, first hand, how alcohol and drug abuse affects and ruins the lives of those individuals at those meetings.
Thirdly, and what may seem to be such a simple concept: talk. With the advent of cell phones, texting, instant messaging and the like, face-to-face communication within families is decreasing. Many rely on texting as their primary method of communication. One cannot gauge emotion or potential problems through mere text on a screen. Make face-to-face communication a priority.
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