family drug free is one of the most important jobs you, as a parent,
can undertake. It's crucial that you institute a zero tolerance
policy in your home, that you establish rules for your childıs behavior
and stick to them. Don't be afraid to be "the bad guy"
if necessary -- and to use every tool at your disposal to keep your
child clean, sober and safe.
yourself and your child about the dangers of drug use -- the sooner,
the better. Never assume that your child is too young to learn about
drugs -- or to use them.
the lines of communication open. One of the best ways to get your
anti-drug message across is to talk about drugs honestly and frequently
with your child. Remember, just one conversation is not enough.
Initiate discussion often, and be available to answer questions
and counsel your child on a regular basis.
and look for the warning signs and symptoms that indicate drug use.
These can include changes in your child's physical appearance, personality,
attitude or behavior. Be aware of new friends or hang-outs, changes
in activities or hobbies, a drop in grades, or a loss of interest
in family or family activities.
Keep in mind
that the presence of any of these symptoms doesn't necessarily indicate
drug use. They may be signs of depression, normal adolescent stress
or a number of other problems.
can help keep your family healthy and drug free
peer pressure. Many times, young people initially use drugs because
of pressure from friends or classmates, fearing they'll be branded
cowardly or "uncool" if they decline. Give your child
a legitimate reason to say no to peer pressure by instituting random
drug testing at home.
Make sure your
child understands that random drug testing doesn't indicate lack
of trust -- it is simply a family policy. If your child is very
resistant to this idea, have everyone in the family take the drug
test so that the child doesn't seem to be singled out.
In truth, many
young people are secretly happy to have random drug testing instituted
at home. It gives them a valid excuse to turn down drugs offered
by friends -- and allows them to put the blame on their parents.