|Do you know what your teen is using?|
Many parents will ignore the warning signs or make excuses for them, but when reality hits home that your teen is using drugs, it is critical you get involved. Communication is always key to prevention, however there are times when your teen is no longer listening. It doesn’t mean you stop talking.
Intervention starts at home. If you suspect drug use, talk to your teen. If they admit to using drugs, and are determined not to quit or even tell you they can quit if they want, take it to the next level. Seek out local adolescent therapy or counseling. In some cases this will be a brickwall but in other situations it can be the beginning of understanding why your teen is turning to substance abuse.
If your teen escalates to a level that is uncontrollable, or simply defiant to all your rules and boundaries – and most importantly, putting your family or themselves at risk - it may be time to think about residential therapy. Remember, safety matters, and we are talking about the safety and health of your family.
What happens if you suspect that your teen is already using alcohol and drugs? What do you say to them?
The conversation is the same: parents need to tell their kids that drug and alcohol use by teens is not allowed in your family. The issue won’t go away until you do something. You will simply have to acknowledge that your teen has a problem — your teen is using drugs and that won’t get any better until you take action on your teen’s behalf. It is OK to ask for help. In fact, getting help may make it easier for you to have the conversation.
Practice the conversation ahead of time. You may have to have a couple of “practice runs.” These conversations are not easy but they are worthwhile. Talking it over with your spouse/partner beforehand will help you keep a level head and speak to the issue. (Review some key talking points and practice these sample conversations beforehand.) – Source: Parents: The Anti-Drug