Nowadays, you might feel completely flustered about the marijuana debate, especially if you are a parent to one or more kids. After all, how are you supposed to keep your boys and girls away from a drug that is showcased everywhere and is supported as a form of alternative medication? While we cannot give you a magical potion to prevent teenage pot use, we can guarantee there is a way to keep your kids from using in the first place: start young and start smart. Time and time again, research has shown how strict parental guidance guarantees an intelligent, drug-wary child. All children reach a rebellious age (it’s only natural), but this behavior must be kept under control for their safety. Here is how you can keep your kids from using marijuana effectively.
Be a Huge Part of Their Lives
Simply put, do what you do best: be as big a part of your child’s life as you can. Take part in community drug programs or get your child involved in a program at school. Also, research local activities and online (or physical) resources at your local library to help your son or daughter prepare for the real world. Let them know what they will be dealing with.
Create Conversations That Matter
First and most importantly, you should never be angry or confrontational with your child. Talk to them how you would want to be spoken to (simply put). In that light, always start the “big drug talk” when your kids are young and be ready to listen to them if they have questions. Drugs will be brought up in their school environment, and you must be prepared to discuss these issues.
Even more interesting, studies show that these conversations work more effectively when you and your children spend time at the dinner table. These positive family activities boost happiness and help the children feel connected, putting a damper on the possibility of substance abuse. Also, based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, taking your kids to church is another great way to help them develop a moral center and a spiritual core (further developing their consciences).
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.