Drug abuse has caused great problems and serious damage to humanity. Most especially, teens who abuse drugs are more likely to struggle with addiction later in life and experience permanent brain damage; they are five times more likely to have early unprotected sex than teens who don’t use drug thus leading to higher risks of STDs, teen pregnancy and sexual assault. They tend to encounter learning problem as it damages short and long-term memory, hence resulting in poor school work. Teens most times do drugs because they want to fit in with their peers and are curious to try new things and take risks.
Efforts to prevent teen drug abuse should begin early in life with good education that encourages healthy behaviors, high self-esteem (teens who have high self-esteem are less likely to use alcohol and drugs) supportive family and role models. Teens that don’t use alcohol, cigarettes and other hard drugs are less likely to use them as adults.
As parents, your attitude toward alcohol, cigarettes and drugs affects your children positively or negatively. Talk to your teens about the effects of drugs on emotions, schoolwork and health; if you have a family history of drug abuse, talk to them about his or her increased risk of the same problem. Make it a point of duty to stay connected to them; know their friends, know their whereabouts at all times and engage them in meaningful activities, such as sports, church programs etc.
Unfortunately, if your teen is already into drugs, the most important thing to do is to talk to them about the problem without being harsh, judgmental but rather supportive because in most cases, a hostile, angry face-to-face meeting pushes your teen away from the family.