From the moment you hold your child, you promise yourself that you’ll do everything you can to make sure they are safe. You prepare them for their first step, for their first day school, and their first heartbreak — but what about their first exposure to drugs and alcohol? Continue reading
“Life is not about winning the race. Life is about finishing the race, and how many people we can all help finish this race. How we can start being kinder to each other…” Continue reading
More so even than school programs, public service messages, and the threat of the law, parents can wield the strongest influence over their kids in this matter. We just need to be honest about our concerns, firm about our expectations, and able to communicate in a way that inspires conversation and sharing rather than reactions. Continue reading
Every young person will respond to drugs in ways that are particular to their temperaments and physiology. The key thing to look for is abrupt changes in behavior. Mood swings, for example, can be a giveaway. Your teen may be withdrawn and isolated one moment and then overly talkative and animated the next. Continue reading
Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana; and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. Continue reading
Drugs and alcohol affect the mind negatively by distorting perception, blocking all sensations, blurring memory, destroying creativity, and they can become a doorway to mental illness. Educate yourself on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in teens. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.