How to Protect Teens from Abusing Drugs?
What makes an illegal or illicit drug? The law, a rule and all rules with rare exception, are made to protect the user for safety. Illicit drugs range from prescription medications like steroids, valium and codeine, when used by anyone that they are not prescribed for or in large quantities. We have chemicals that are found in most homes that can be inhaled for a high, like paint thinner (toluene), gasoline, correction fluid and spray pain. Then there are designer drugs like methamphetamines and LSD or a myriad of plant based drugs like marijuana, mushrooms, and more.
Why are these Drugs illegal? Because all of these things are really bad for you. Your teen needs the facts. These drugs and plants and chemical cause real damage to their bodies and they can kill them even on the first use. Challenge your teen with the question, “Would you drink poison?” Then show them that all of these illicit drugs are real poisons. They contain an amazing amount of dangerous substances like: arsenic, tar (asphalt), naphthalene’s (mothballs), benzene (rubber), Formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and many more.
Inhaling gasoline or paint thinner destroys brain cells. Take the case of a teen, who had been “huffing” since the age of three, did not know his name and had the mental capacity of a three-year-old. Do you think that he wanted to be three-year-old forever? LSD and other hallucinogens cause delusions, bizarre and unsafe behavior. Alcohol, valium, sleeping pills, methamphetamines and more cause mood disturbance, respiratory failure (stops breathing), brain damage, seizures, heart rate problems to the point of death and kidney damage. Suicide and homicides are much more common in drug abusers. Ask your teens if this is what they want?
Teens who are doing drugs engage in risky behaviors, including indiscriminate sex, unsafe driving, jumping from high places, delinquency and crime. If addicted, the drive for drugs almost always leads to theft and assault, arrests, and imprisonment. School goes by the wayside, goals are not met, life expectancy drops and the dreams of childhood are never fulfilled; all for a high or a low that lasts for minutes. It is a high price to pay.
Parents need to talk to their teens and listen well. What peer pressure will push a teen to trying an illicit drug? Why is the teen feeling experimental? Why is getting high important to the teen? What is missing from everyday life that it requires such dangerous behavior? Talk and listen. Point out the facts about the dangers and reinforce the dreams. Be safe.