Drug and Alcohol Prevention Starts at Home
Protecting your teen from the dangers of the world is a constant concern for parents. Somewhere near the top of the list for parents is making sure that their child does not fall into the traps of drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. The best way to keep it from happening is for drug and alcohol prevention to start at home.
Lead By Example
Your kids are paying attention to what you are doing at home – and outside the home. If you tell your teens that they should not drink or do drugs, but you spend most of your nights knocking back beers or getting high in front of the television, then the example you are setting is not very effective. If you want your kids to grow up healthy and sober, then you have to lead by example now.
There is some truth to the song – all anyone wants is a little respect, including your children, especially teens. Teach them the importance of earning respect from family, friends and peers and you will instill in them strength that will last them for the rest of their life. Studies show that during the teen years, kids start to look for acceptance and respect. If they are not getting it at home, they will seek it out in other areas of their life. Peer pressure can play a significant role in teen exploration; however in teens who’s home life is grounded in respect and trust – in most cases they will not succumb to the peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol because they do not want to disappoint their parents.
Reinforce the Importance of Doing Well in School
Did you know that science can play a role in whether or not your child engages in substance abuse behavior? According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, students who are involved in science supported prevention programs are less likely to resort to drug and alcohol abuse later in life. Studies also show that students who do well in school and participate in school supported activities more often refrain from engaging in drug or alcohol use.
Curfew and Boundaries
There was a popular commercial a few years ago that was centered on parents engaging in their teen’s life. It’s all about asking questions, knowing the people your child hangs out with, where they go and the types of activities they participate in. Boundaries are important in establishing what is acceptable and what is not. Another acceptable boundary is curfew. Do you know where your child is at 10 o’clock at night? Expecting your teen to be home by a reasonable hour not only lets them know that you care about them, but it also lets them know what you expect. If curfew is broken there are consequences. Family support is the best strategy for drug and alcohol prevention. Families who are attentive to the needs of each other offer the best chance at preventing substance abuse! Do you or a loved one need help overcoming drug and/or alcohol abuse? Call Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929, and learn how inpatient medical detox treatment can be the start to life in recovery.