There are steps to help prevent drug abuse in your children and teenagers. First, you should communicate. Talk to your children about the risks of drug use and abuse. Next is listening. Be a good listener when your children talk about the peer pressure, and be supportive of their efforts to resist it. Third is setting as a good example. Children of parents who abuse drugs are at greater risk of drug addiction. Lastly, you should strengthen the bond. A strong, stable bond between you and your child will reduce your child’s risk of using or abusing drugs.
If your teen is abusing substance, there are steps that parents can take. These are laid down rules and consequences, monitor your teen’s activity, encourage other interests and social activities, talk to your child about underlying issues, and get outside for help.