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Finding out your child is involved in drugs is every parent’s nightmare. However, it’s important to remember that drugs aren’t a part of life for most children and teenagers, the ones that do experiment usually don’t continue to use them. Here’s how to make sure your kids fall into that category.

Educate

Kids who are well informed about drugs are less likely to abuse them. Therefore, it makes sense to educate children about drugs before they get involved. Bear in mind that if you don’t inform your kids about drugs, they will get the information from elsewhere and that source will probably be much less reliable. Avoid scare tactics and answer any questions honestly. Good communication between children and parents allows kids to ask questions without feeling awkward, let them know they can trust you and that you’re there for them, no matter what.

Signs that your child may be taking drugs

Warning signs that your child may be using drugs can include; losing interest in hobbies, being secretive about how she spends her money, stealing cash, behavioural changes, lack of appetite, hanging out with a group of new friends and bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils. However, many of these can also be a part of normal teenage development so you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. If you suspect your child may be using drugs, the best thing you can do to find out is ask them outright.

Stay calm

If you discover your child has been taking drugs your initial reaction may be (understandably) to fly off the handle. But, this approach probably won’t get you very far. Try to stay calm, if you can’t then take yourself off somewhere and have the discussion once you’ve cooled down.

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Discussion

When you do sit down to discuss your child’s drug use, it’s important to be prepared. Do some online research to find out up-to-date information about the drugs taken and their effects. Point out, just by possessing illegal drugs your child has broken the law. The consequences of this could mean losing out on a dream career or not being allowed to visit certain countries due to having a criminal record. Allow your child the chance to speak and give her point of view. Don’t be afraid to let your child hear how the situation makes you feel as a parent. An honest dialogue will encourage trust between you so that you can move forward.

Getting help

In most cases dealing with kids using drugs can be resolved within the family. But for some, outside help may be needed. If your child has a problem with drugs then the most obvious place to start is with your GP. The doctor should either offer treatment or refer the child to a specialist drugs service nearby. Alternatively, FRANK is a government-run scheme that offers support to people affected by drug taking. You can chat live on the website or call to speak with someone over the phone 24 hours a day. If your child is suffering from headaches, cramp, dizziness or is unconscious then you should call an ambulance, being completely honest about what drugs she may have taken.

 

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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