Children on drugs is becoming an epidemic today, but as parents, there are some things we can do to help. Some children start drugs even before they are teenagers, but most start when they reach their teen years. Why? There are lots of reasons we have children on drugs. The peer pressure of wanting to fit in, or an unhappy life at home. For some children this is their way of escape.
In the case of my son, he was lacking in self confidence ,wanted popularity, and to be a part of a group. Parents today can teach their children how to behave, but once they get involved in part time jobs after school, or after school activities, the parents only see a part of their lives.
My son started drugs at the age of 15 and unfortunately this lasted until he was 30 years old. The good news is that he is 40 now, and has been off drugs for 10 years, holds down a managerial position in a restaurant and has married. Don’t ever give up on children on drugs because they can be saved from this horrible addiction.
Once a parent realizes their child is on drugs they should talk to the child immediately. Some children are just experimenting and you can stop it real quick. Don’t tell your child you are disappointed in them, tell them you love them and want to help!
You can enlist the help of your family physician, or contact the local hospital for substance abuse help. Some schools even have a social worker that can point you in the right direction.
Some children will respond by allowing them to take up a hobby. If you know of something they really get excited about and would love to do, then set it up for them to participate in.
If your child gets older, as mine did, you may even have to use some “tough love” to make them see they are about to lose all their help, friends, and family. My son could have been helped a lot sooner, if I had not kept enabling him! This kind of love is extremely hard, but eventually the drug addict usually sees the impact their lifestyle is having on the ones they love.
All drugs are addictive to a certain degree, even coffee. Getting children on drugs back to reality should be our number one goal. For immediate help you can contact the hot line for substance abuse treatment at 1-800-662-HELP.
There is also a website for children that has a lot of useful information for children on drugs, and that site is http://www.kidshealth.org.
I personally used about every avenue of help I could find for my son, plus daily prayer! I thank all the people who helped me bring my son back, and especially thank God!