Help For Parents: Teen Drug And Alcohol Abuse
There could be several reasons why your child or teen may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol. And, the most important thing you can do if you think that may be happening, is to come right out and ask.
Research says that when parents talk to their kids openly about drugs and drinking, children have better self-control and are more likely to develop negative perceptions of these risky behaviors.
The work you put into opening the lines of communication with your child now can make all the difference for their future. Gateway has put together a parent's checklist and free toolkit to help you get the conversation started.
Top 5 Reasons Kids Use Drugs & Alcohol
1. To combat loneliness, low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression.
2. To mentally 'check-out' of family issues or school trouble.
3. To ease discomfort in an unfamiliar situation.
4. To look cool or change their image/reputation.
5. To fit in with a desired group of friends.