As soon as you realize your child is taking drugs it’s absolutely vital that you put an end to it. If they continue down the same path their life could be turned upside down. Their school work will be the first thing that suffers. When you don’t get good grades you don’t end up with a good job. When you don’t end up with a good job your future becomes a lot tougher. You don’t want this to happen to anyone, especially the baby you held in your arms all those years ago.
At the moment you are probably shocked and confused. After a while it will start to have a very negative effect on your life. Will you have any money left by the time they come to their senses? Will they come to their senses before it’s too late? We’re going to look at a few things you need to start doing right now. It might end up turning into a bumpy ride, so you don’t want to leave it too late until you do something because it’s only going to get worse.
Don’t leave them unsupervised
If you leave your child unsupervised they could easily take something because nobody is there to tell them not to. You should try your best to have someone with them at all times. I know it’s going to be hard if you work long hours, but maybe there is someone else who can sit with them. You will only need to keep a watchful eye on them when they are coming off the drugs. You obviously can’t keep them locked up forever, but do try to spend more time with them in the future.
Hide all the prescription medication
The last thing you want to have in your medical cabinet is a lot of prescription medication that your child can get their hands on. You should keep everything locked away so they don’t have access to it. Even if they don’t have an addiction to painkillers they will take some to help their headaches once they stop taking other drugs. This is when they swap their addiction over and prescription medication becomes the enemy.
Keep them away from any bad influences
Your child doesn’t just wake up one morning and decide to take drugs. They don’t walk down to the park to find the local dealer. They will be persuaded to take something by the people they call friends. Peer pressure is a horrible thing for a lot of adults, so how do you think your child will react when they are being bullied into trying something? You must stop them from hanging around with troublemakers even if they have to make a whole new group of friends.
Speak to them as a family
If you sit down and start telling your child not to take drugs do you really think they will listen to you? Maybe they will, but it’s unlikely. If you want to really shock them into doing something about their addiction you should get the whole family together and everyone can discuss it. This obviously won’t be very comfortable for your child, but it’s better to be uncomfortable for a few hours instead of taking drugs.
Keep them active
Don’t help them to stop taking drugs then leave them to sit in their room all night. An active child is a healthy child and if they always have something to do they will never have time to think about taking any illegal substances. Maybe you can help them to find a new hobby they can put all their energy into because it’s highly unlikely to be their school work they turn to in their time of need. I’m not saying they won’t study, but they need something else to excite them.
Nancy Anderson, the author of this post, is a social activist and she works for a leading addiction treatment center. She is dedicated to her work and she regularly bogs about her experiences at work.