Between the opioid crisis and substance abuse problems rampant throughout the United States, educating our youth on prevention from alcoholism and addiction is more important than ever. If you’ve decided to act and help your children learn more about the dangers of substance abuse and what it can mean for their health, happiness, and future, good for you! The more information we can spread, the better. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has listed the following tips for parenting your children in a way that teaches them about substance abuse prevention:
- Be firm when it comes to alcohol and drug use. Don’t be afraid to be the “bad parent” when it comes to providing appropriate consequences if your children are caught using. More respect will be earned as they learn to trust in your judgment.
- Stay knowledgeable about who your children are spending time with. If you know who your child’s friends are, you can gain insight into what they are likely doing in their spare time.
- Promote and exhibit healthy activities your child can engage in. If your child sees you exercising, eating healthy, playing games and engaging in sports, they will want to follow your league.
- Establish clear rules, boundaries, and consequences in your household for substance abuse. By staying firm on house rules, you are showing your child the seriousness of how dangerous substance abuse is.
- Educate yourself about addiction and substance abuse. The more information you have on the effects that it can have, the more you can invest in prevention yourself.
- Be a positive role model for your child. If you don’t struggle with substance abuse, show your kids what it means to not do drugs and to drink responsibly. If you do struggle with substance abuse, seek out a treatment program to show your kids what it means to seek help when you need it.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens found that on a survey of more than 46,000 teens, 13% of 8th graders, 30% of 10th graders, and 40% of 12th graders stated they had used a drug at least once in the past year. Furthermore, the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration claims that an annual average of 8.7 million children live with a parent who has a substance use disorder. These figures indicate a need for prevention education, and instilling this knowledge in your children is a wonderful place to start.
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