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How to talk with children about drugs

Plan a private time with your children when there will not be any disturbances. Go for a walk together, plan a lunch at a café, or chat on the way home from school.
Describe that a drug can be natural like cannabis or humanmade like ecstasy. Tell your children that every drug changes our physiological state.

Describe that drugs fall into three parts:

  • Regular substances like coffee or prescribed medicines
  • Legal drugs like cigarettes and alcohol
  • Illegal drugs like cocaine, ice, speed, and ecstasy

Describe what people use drugs in the form of medications for different reasons to:

  • Treat illness
  • Feel relief from pain
  • Feel energetic
  • Feel relaxed and calm
  • Feel asleep

With this information, your children will probably have some doubts in the form of questions. Let the discussion flow with these doubts.

In other words, let the children have their doubts related to drugs. You can always answer to your prepared info on another day. Still, remember it is essential for you to determine your children’s point of view about alcohol and drugs. It is also important to chat about what will be their reaction if they encounter different scenarios.

What to do if you understand that your child is addicted

  • Make Your Relationship Healthy

When talking with your child, try to stay occupied and focused. Always display your child that you have a sense of belief and you understand their situation.  Be kind and respectful to your child, as being harsh or rude will make the situation more badly. Try to be as close as to them that are reducing the distractions. Focus on the positive points.

  • Motivate Positive Behaviors and Treatment

Using motivation and optimism makes sense of teamwork and co-operation while reducing negativity and confliction. This style will enable them to engage in new activities and try new healthy coping skills. This will also make the relationship healthier between parents and child.

  • Create and Reinforce Consistent Guidelines

Making guidelines with the help of your child will set clear beliefs for your child regarding positive and negative behaviors.  This will not only help your child with addiction but also help in determining your reactions to present situations.

  • Set Clear Boundaries

Do always set your boundaries about what you will accept and what you will not. Tell them what you expect from them. Make sure these boundaries are set calmly.

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