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How to Stop Teen Drugs- Prevent Initial Contact

parent and teenWhen it comes to taking steps to prevent your teen from using drugs, a little bit can go a long way. Even an ounce of effort can keep your family healthy and drug free. Here are some tips to staying aware and connected:

Keep informed of after school activities.

With your teen’s school likely getting out a few hours before you are home from work, you may not always know what they’re up to. Stay connected by making phone calls, leaving notes and sending texts. The best thing would be to give them something to do, especially if they aren’t involved in any after school activities. Statistics show that between 3 and 5 pm is a choice time for teens to use drugs. You can prevent this by providing activities or adult supervision.

Get them involved in extracurriculars.

Sports, clubs and other activities are great examples of after school activities. These also provide other great benefits for your teen’s growth besides avoiding boredom. More time in organized activities means your teen is less likely to do drugs.

Get to know friends and parents of friends.

By getting to know their friends, you may get a small glimpse of what’s going on in your teen’s life. By getting to know their parents, you can work together to help keep them out of trouble and under supervision.

Ask questions before they leave.

If your teen is getting ready to go out, ask the following questions:

Who will you be with?

What will you be doing?

When will you be home?

Don’t be afraid to check up on them- you are the parent. Teens who think they will get caught are also less likely to do drugs.

Talk to your teen about drugs.

Don’t be afraid to bring up the topic of drugs with your teen. By the time they’re in middle school and high school, they probably know more about them than you realize. Keep in mind- you want this to be a conversation and not a lecture. You want to let them know you’re available if they need to talk.

Be a role model.

Finally, we ask you be the responsible role model. If you decide to drink, do so responsibly. They are watching you more than you realize, and if you make a mistake, they will find out eventually.

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  1. April 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I think it’s vital for parents to talk to their teens about drugs. When the teen is comfortable talking about these things, it can extinguish a lot of issues.

  2. April 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Encouraging your kids when they’re younger is a great way to start building good habits. Sports, dance class, girls’ and boys’ scouts. There are many options to start your child early and encourage the right choices.

  3. April 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Don’t feel like you are being an intruding parent by keeping track of where your children are. It’s in the best interest for your child.

  4. April 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Great information. My parents were this way, I hated it then but i appreciate it now.

  1. May 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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