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Parents of adolescents face a challenging issue with regards to substance abuse. It is possible that we want our children to be abstinence but what can you do in the event that they do? The risk is significant, as we've previously discussed in our blog about addiction in adolescents and the development of the brain.

Parents should be able to clearly communicate to their children that non-use is best for their health. However, we are unable to be in control of the entirety of young people's lives. There's no universal method to successfully engage with teenagers about the use of substances However, these guidelines could help.

Make your values and your rules explicit
Parents may use phrases such as "be clever" and "make smart choices," but these terms could mean different things to different people. One parent might say "Be smart!" to ask his child to quit drinking, but children may interpret it as "Don't drink too much to cause you to get sick." Be specific. You can say, "You can go out to dinner with your friends but you must swear to me that you will not use marijuana." Navigate to this website to discover a full article on Drug addiction.

Ask questions and listen But resist the urge to give lectures.
Adults are eager to impart as much knowledge as possible to their children to prevent them from making the same mistakes we made. However, it's better to tap into their curiosity and inspire them to seek out answers on their own. Begin by asking questions like, "Tell me, what do you know about marijuana?" Teens who feel that their viewpoint is respected may be more willing to participate in conversations. To make sure your child is heard reply to her remarks by making non-judgmental reflection statements. After that, follow with a follow-up inquiry.

Try to find out why your child was using drugs.
Teens may use substances to manage anxiety, reduce tension, manage unpleasant emotions, or even to be socially with peers. Being curious about those reasons could help your child feel less being judged. It could also provide you with insight into your teenager's struggle with his inner issues, and help him develop insight into his own behaviour, and help identify issues that require professional help.

On the other hand, these discussions can be difficult for parents to discuss with their child. Additionally, children may have a limited knowledge about the reason they are using substances. For adolescents who are using drugs regularly, we recommend an evaluation by an experienced professional who will assist their efforts to change their behavior.

Find out when and how to intervene
Engaging with adolescents on the subject of substance abuse is a delicate process. We'd like to promote transparency and openness, but we also want them to receive clear and concise messages keep them safe. Teens who regularly use drug obsession a problem with substance abuse could be at the risk of developing an abuse disorder.

A professional evaluation is a smart idea. The website of the Adolescent Drug Use and Addiction Program Boston Children's Hospital has a comprehensive list of symptoms and details on particular substances. Talk about the issues with your pediatrician, and they will recommend you to a specialist when required.

Be aware of any family history of substance abuse disorders.
Genetics play a significant factor in the likelihood to develop addiction disorders. Exposure to substance use in the home is also an important risk factor. Children can be affected by an immediate or second-degree relatives (like a grandparent, parent aunt or uncle) with a substance use disorder.

Although we have learned from research that the genetics of addiction are robust, it's also complex, passed on through a number of genes and is not limited to a single substance. That is, kids who have a relative who suffers from an addiction disorder might also be affected by an addiction to cannabis or sedatives disorder. Being honest about addiction, unhealthy substances, and family risk could give teens a reason to not use.

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