“Is my child addicted to alcohol or drugs?” This is a question no parent wants to ask himself or herself. Unfortunately, around 28 million American children have at least one parent addicted to drugs or alcohol, which causes them to be at least 34% more likely to suffer from an addiction than children who whose parents are not addicts or alcoholics. Astonishingly, if both parents suffer, that figure increases to 400%.
If you or your spouse is not addicted to drugs or alcohol, don’t think for that your child is automatically safe from their harm. Drugs can enter a child’s life in many ways and at any age. This may come in the form of simple peer pressure or experimentation, to being unable to cope with feelings of stress or depression. Some children might experiment with mind or mood altering substances before they are even in their teens.
Drug and alcohol dependency is extremely serious. It can ruin the lives of those who fall under its spell, and the lives of those around them. The longer a child remains addicted, the less she or he will be able to develop mentally and biologically. The teenage years, in particular, are a time of rapid change in both of these areas, when kids are becoming young adults, and seeking to be independent. Experimentation can be quite tempting, but comes with the risk of horrifying consequences.
In order to protect your children, get involved in community drug and alcohol prevention and education efforts. If your child is already struggling, get them into alcohol rehabilitation immediately. The sooner recovery is found, the better chance they will have at a successful and happy life.
Ask yourself these questions,
1. Have you notice a sudden change in behavior in your child?
2. Is his/her personal grooming neglected?
3. Is your child experiencing a running nose?
4. Have you notice glassy or red eyes?
5. Have you noticed mood swings such as being happy and then irritated?
6. Have you seen changes in sleeping patterns?
7. Has your child lost interest in sports, hobbies and favorite activities?
8. Is your child withdrawing from family?
If none or few of the symptoms above applied, it's not too early to offer educational tools regarding drugs to your teen.
If you answered yes to most of the questions, your child may be at risk, but he may not be doing drugs yet. At this point you can still provide valid facts about drugs and show the risks of drug taking.
If you don't see changes and if you are in doubt, you should look for professional help in the addiction field.
If all your answers were positive, your teen may be experimenting with drugs. Find a way to talk about this with your child in a peaceful way and look for Drug Rehab Programs.