Know that your kids are more likely to be offered drugs by a friend than a stranger, and this may be happening as early as age 12.  By providing them with a solid, firm, and detailed family policy on drug abuse they will be better equipped to handle peer pressure as it arises.

Getting high with over the counter medication is not safer or better than illegal street drugs.  When used inappropriately and in excess these drugs are just as dangerous.

Talk to your children early and talk to them often.  Don’t overwhelm them with all of the details at once, rather use many opportunities to share the important information.

Remind kids that many scholarships and employers will not entertain the idea of selecting someone with a history of drug use.

Let them know that they can put the blame on you.  They can respond to peer pressure with a simple answer such as “If my parents found out I would be in a lot of trouble, no thanks!”. 

Be a role model for your kids and those kids around you.  If you consume alcohol, do so responsibly and in moderation.  Do not use alcohol or other drugs as a way to handle stress, or as the only source of entertainment.

Give your kids the support they need.  Remind them that you will rescue them from any situation in which they feel uncomfortable and/or unsafe.  Teach them to learn from their mistakes, rather than be quick to judge them. Trust your kids to make the right choices. Call Back to BASICs today for additional resources.

Keep up on your research.  Know what drugs are circulating in your community and how you can prepare your kids to avoid the pressures with them.  Talk to your kids often about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs too.

Call (402) 563-9656 today to get help!

You should talk to your children
early and talk to them often. 
If you need to provide an intervention for a loved one who has a drug abuse problem there a few tips to keep your conversation going with your child.
  • Be sure to hold this conversation when your child is in a rational and sober state of mind
  • Share your intense interest and reasoning for their well-being
  • Be nonjudgmental
  • Share with them specific examples of their concerning behaviors
  • Listen to what they have to say
  • Involve another family member if necessary to get the conversation started
  • Ask for help.  If the addiction is out of control or you need more support contact your child’s guidance counselor or family physician for additional support

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This group provides a safe, confidential place for open discussion to support teens (13-19 years old) addressing substance related issues. Adult monitors help teach youth how to build their skills in their own identity, relationships, social setting, problem solving, decision making and more. GAPS will provide a link to additional resources in the community, offer a sense of belonging and build substance free supports and activities. All services are free.

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