Talking About Drugs & Alcohol
Teens need to know about dangers
of drug use and alcohol abuse. Along
with the negative statistics that teens are exposed to, they need
to hear positive reasons not to use substances. It is never too
soon to begin talking with your children about drugs, alcohol
and tobacco. Before they may ever consider using drugs
etc. they are curious about it and thinking about it. If you use
alcohol or smoke, be prepared for a challenge from your
child. Don't get mad. Simply explain the difference between an
adult responsibly using alcohol versus abusing alcohol. Your kids
may not want to hear it, but there are some things they don't
get to do until they're older. Here are some techniques you can
1. The best way to solve a problem is by facing
it, not escaping it with drugs and alcohol. Drugs
and alcohol only cause more problems.
2. Feeling shy and uncertain is part of growing
up. You learn social skills by risking embarrassment to change
and grow, not by using drugs or alcohol to boost your self-esteem.
3. You feel better when you take good care of
yourself and you look better too. Substance abuse can make your
eyes red and runny, your skin blotchy, your breath bad, and your
health less than optimal. Attractiveness requires good self care.
4. Being in control is cool. Drunk or stoned
people embarrass themselves.
5. Short term gains can be long term pains. Chemical
shortcuts just about always backfire. Learn to be cool in your
own way without chemical assistance. You'll feel much more confident.
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