There are a wide variety of different things that can lead to a substance abuse problem in teens. If you are afraid that your teen might fall prey to peer pressure or some other cause of teen drug abuse, then one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to become a better parent, a more vigilant parent.
The following is a look at some of the things that you can do to be a more vigilant parent when you are trying to prevent your teens from falling prey to drug abuse.
- Get to know their friends: Friends can be as much an influence on a teenager as their parents. If you're worried that your teen may be using drugs this may be the cause of the problem. Get to know about their friends and the type of activities that they participate in.
- Offer to do their laundry: Doing chores for your teen may not be what you want to do, but it is a great way to find out if they have a substance abuse problem. We all forget to take things out of our pockets and that can include residue or other signs of drug use. Also keep an eye out for other signs of unhealthy behavior such as evidence of vomit or urine.
- Research the signs: Do you know what to look for to tell if your teen is drunk or high on a variety of drugs? It is important to know what to look for so that you can tell the difference between the two.
- Be Alert: There are a lot of tactics that teens use to try and cover up drug use. Incense and body spray are popular methods used to mask the odors of drugs that are smoked in one form or another. Breath mints, breath spray and mouth wash are often used to mask the odor of alcohol on the breath.
- Hug your teen: Personal contact is a great way to show love and maintain a good relationship that will help your teen have the confidence to resist pressure to use drugs. It can also be a way to check up on your child if you are worried about drug use. When you're up close keep alert for smells and other signs of drug abuse.
- Know your resources: There are a ton of resources available for a parent worried about their teens and drug abuse. With the power of the internet at your disposal you can get in touch with other parents facing the same struggle that you are to support you as you deal with this issue. There are also many helpful websites that can direct you to many other resources to help you and your teen succeed.
- Use praise: Sometimes the carrot is a better motivator than the stick. Don't forget to reward good behavior when you see it. Tell your child that you are proud of them for resisting peer pressure to help bolster their self-confidence so they continue to stay sober.
- Be a Friend too: Being a parent means that you are going to have to take some hard stances on things, but not all the time. It is important to allow your teen to feel comfortable talking to you about hard topics. This can be important if they're struggling with pressure and need someone to talk to and reassure them they are making the right decision.
It can be hard to know what to do when you think that your child might be dealing with a substance abuse problem. The aforementioned tips are all things that you can do in order to keep an eye on your kid without becoming to overbearing or too suspicious. There is a fine line that you have to maintain between keeping an eye on them and being crazy about it. Try to keep an eye on your child but be casual about it so that you do not end up driving them further away from you when the opposite is what you want.
You can prevent teen drug abuse if you know what to look for and how to respond to what you see. Make sure that you are always keeping an eye out for suspicious behavior without making it extremely obvious that you are monitoring your teen for this type of behavior. A little bit of vigilance really goes a long way in this type of situation.