Talking to Your Children About Drugs
Addiction is the largest public health problem in the United States, as the rates of illicit substance dependency have skyrocketed for the past two decades. The reality of this issue is that a lot of people’s problems with substance abuse start when they are young. For this reason, it is so important to take efforts to prevent addiction when our kids are young, rather than trying to fight it once it has taken root in their lives. Here are some tips for talking to your children about drugs…
Be direct with them
First of all, while we may have a tendency to want to protect our children from the harsh realities of the world, it doesn’t really do them any good to do that, especially when it comes to substance abuse. It is likely that there is an example of substance abuse in their own lives, whether it is another family member, a friend, or a neighbor. Be sure to explain to them how drugs work, and why it is important to avoid illicit substances. Forward honesty, while sometimes difficult, pays off in the long run.
Be a role model
The number one person that your kids are going to look to, in terms of how to live life, is you. Even if your kids don’t listen to what you say all of the time, your actions have a direct impact on their future actions. For this reason, it is so important to make sure that you are being a role model, as it pertains to substance abuse, for your children.
Be ready for teen years
It’s important to set up a good foundation of understanding of how drugs and addiction work when your kids are young, but the real dangers that these substances present to your children are more likely to manifest when they are children. For this reason, you need to mentally prepare yourself for their teenage years. The peer pressure and opportunities for your kids to partake in substance abuse are going to rise, substantially, during this period of time.