Many parents struggle with the issue of their children and drug use. While some drugs may be easier to detect, such as marijuana and alcohol, some may slip under the radar. Prescription drugs have become more popular among teens and children within the past decade. They are often easy to obtain, as many kids get them out of their parent’s medicine cabinet. Teens are often confronted by many challenges during this period in their life. These challenges may include problems at home, social acceptance and peer pressure.
Peer pressure may take place at school as well as in their own homes by way of the Internet. Digital peer pressure is something that is sweeping the nation and affecting teens tremendously. With the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Myspace, there is an overload of photos and conversations based with partying and using drugs, such as prescription medications.
Learning the Hard Way
One mother, Allison McKenzie, had no idea that both of her sons were hooked on prescription meds. After attempting treatment, they became addicted to the methadone that was given to them by the clinic. Now, $80,000 later (from treatment and rehabilitation) they are on their way to recovery. Unfortunately, this is a story that is all too common.
Like many parents, McKenzie wished that there was more attention put on awareness about the abuse of prescription drugs and she makes a good point.
Narconon’s List of Prevention Tips
For so many parents, the abuse of prescription drugs by their kids goes unnoticed, leaving them with the question: What can be done to stop this?
Through our drug prevention and education efforts at Narconon we have found that the best method of prevention is most likely through education as well as good communication. Parents must talk to their children about the dangers of using prescription drugs. Kids may not be aware of the risks they are taking when consuming these substances.
Parents should also create a good relationship with their kids so that they can easily communicate with them about topics such as drug use and peer pressure. Monitoring children’s’ use of the Internet would also be a good way to make sure that they aren’t becoming involved with drugs or peers that may be bad influences.
Many parents are under the false assumption that sending their children away to boarding schools or private schools will safeguard them from being exposed to this type of lifestyle. Sadly, it is not that simple. In fact, there was a 50 percent increase in drug use among teens that attended private high schools within the past year.
Parents can also encourage their kids to participate in extra curricular activities that keep them productive and motivated. In fact, researchers found that teens who reported being involved in positive activities such as sports, community organizations and church organizations were less likely to become involved in drug use of any kind.
Parents could also become more involved in their teen’s life by asking them where they’re going, what they’re doing and with whom. For more information on drug prevention contact us through one of our main Narconon sites at www.narconon.com.