Drugs – Parentchannel.tv

Drugs – Parentchannel.tv


I do worry about drugs when it comes to me
own family, yeah. My daughter’s just gone to university so I’m
gonna have the make sure you don’t get into any of that whilst you’re away from home talk. I think they know more about drugs than me. I think the kids do nowadays. I think if my parents ever suspected that I took drugs, they would absolutely go crazy. Parents should really do their homework, find out the facts about drugs if they want to
talk to their children and help them and there’s lots of advice, website, phone lines, places
that parents can go to do that. It’s always a minority of young people who
are using drugs at any one time. Parents worry, I think, that drug use can lead into all kinds
of difficult and dangerous areas. Obviously there are health problems, there is the idea
of becoming addicted to a drug, the legal issues that children might get involved with
if they get caught with drugs. There might be rapid mood swings, there could
be school work suffering, it could be hanging out with a new group of friends. One of the first things is to make sure they don’t have the conversation when they suspect
their children may actually be high or using drugs at the time. The natural reaction is
probably an overreaction. There’ll be concern, there might be fear, there might be anger,
but what’s really important is to try and treat the situation calmly, and often by overreacting,
what will happen is you’ll make the situation worse.
It’s easy to think that if your child takes drugs, they’re going to be in all kinds of
terrible trouble, but it’s important to remember as well that it’s not necessarily going to
lead to that. And being there, listening to what they’ve got to say and helping, if they
need help, is probably the best way that they can tackle the situation.

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