For Parents and Educators…
Here is a good website to help parents safe guard their children from accessing prescription medicine within the home. There is also a quiz to test your knowledge of medicine abusers.
New research is finding that children that drink underage are heavily influenced by ads. Their drink of choice is often determined by the ads they see on TV and in magazines. Parents please read the article below on CADCA’a website:
This is a really good report conducted by Quest Diagnostics documenting the prescription pill misuse epidemic that is sweeping our country.
Talk to your teen. If you’re the parent of a pre-teen or adolescent, talk to him or her today about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Don’t lecture. Don’t condescend. Don’t be dramatic. Just talk – openly and directly. Talk to your child from a place of unconditional love, genuine concern, understanding, and heartfelt compassion, recognizing the challenges and temptations that are so insidious and prevalent at that age. Understand just how vulnerable and easily influenced teens are.
Do everything you can, today and going forward, to keep the doors of communication as wide open as possible, so that tomorrow, or next week, or next year your child will know that he or she can talk to you, confide in you, and ask you questions about alcohol or drugs. Hopefully, by doing so, your teen can avoid the dangerous landmines that devastate and destroy the lives of so many young people.
If your teen is already abusing alcohol or drugs, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact an addiction specialist or local alcohol and drug treatment facility for guidance in confronting the problem, and to determine the best options for treatment. Make that call today, because tomorrow may be too late.