Thoughts on Preventing Drug Abuse

Prevention of substance abuse is a complex issue. The best approach is proactive drug education. There is also a need for intense parent child interaction. Motivation to use stems from social and emotional issues, most are identifiable at a young age. Peer pressure, isolation, boredom, lack of parental involvement,and depression, leads to substance abuse. The teen years are the most vulnerable. During this time exposure to social and emotional situations, requiring coping skills are experienced. The lack of proper coping skills leads to low self-esteem, weakened resistance to peer pressure, isolation, boredom, and depression. Isolation is a warning sign for high risk of substance abuse.

Low self -esteem, brought about by ridicule from peers and family weakens resistance to substance abuse. Teens have a tendency to be cruel. This cruelty leads to low self-esteem and isolation, which in turn leads to substance abuse. Communication and involvement in the child’s activity is the first step in preventing drug abuse. Positive reinforcement improves self-esteem. Be aware of the Child’s peers. Are they rebellious, troublemakers, drug users? Stay involved; participate in sports and after school activities. Prevention starts at home. This is best time to have a positive influence. It is not an easy task, so do not hesitate to seek professional help if drug use is suspected.

Traumatic events such as divorce and the loss of a loved one is a catalyst for drug abuse. A child can be confused and lonely during such periods. The need for adult guidance during these periods cannot be understated. Divorce can confuse a child. Their entire world is changed. The change and uncertainty can cause terrible pain and sadness that lasts for years. Counseling might necessary. If not addressed, the chance of the child turning to substance abuse is possible. The loss of a loved one causes immense pain in adults. It is worse in children. Especially if the loved one is a parent or sibling. Addressing the Child’s grief is important. Grieving is a process. Children do not understand grief. Consultation with a grief counselor is often required.

If a loved one has progressed to using drugs. It can be painful and frustrating. The important thing is communication. Confusion, depression, and denial are problems when confronting substance abusers. Confusion about the future, depression from personal issues and denial about the drug problem are obstacles to communication. Breaking the cycle of use is important. Rehab or intervention should be a consideration. Until achieving sobriety, the user will not be receptive to recovery. Inside every addict, there is a desire to quit. Until they acknowledge this desire, it is useless to attempt recovery. Forcing someone to quit against his or her will is futile. This will Cause anger, resentment, and alienation, pushing them deeper into addiction.

Most addicts wait until they reach rock bottom to seek recovery. Their lives spin out of control. Then they become receptive to the idea of recovery. They realize the damage done and what the future holds if they continue. This is the best time talk about recovery. Do not enable them, it is the quickest way to get them to rock bottom. Practicing tough love is difficult, but when a loved one is in active addiction, it’s the most effective way to drive them to recovery. The enabler thinks they are helping the addict, when in fact; it is prolonging the active addiction.

When the judicial system becomes involved in the addict’s life, the addict is near rock bottom. Some people take it as a chance to get clean. Others continue getting high and breaking the law. Those that decide to get clean can utilize the counseling offered by the system. The users that continue to use and break the law end up with extensive criminal records. This limits their ability to find jobs and homes. Forcing them back into criminal activity for money, starting another vicious cycle

Child Drug Abuse Prevention Tips For Parents – 7 Ways to Help Promote Your Child’s Safety

Having an open caring relationship with an adult role model is a critical piece of preventing drug abuse in children.

Parents and primary care givers have a critical role in preventing children’s in involvement with drugs and alcohol. It is a virtual dead certainty that your child will come in contact with drugs and alcohol sooner rather than later. How they handle it can be largely determined by parental involvement and preparation. Please do not ignore this problem and hope it will simply go away. Here is why.

Some facts on child drug use. (Office of National Drug Control Policy)

o The single leading cause of death among youth is driving under the influence.

o The second leading cause is suicide. Drugs are present 60% of the time.

o The average age of first use of alcohol is 11 years old.

o Of children who use alcohol or drugs before age 15, 40% are later classified with an addiction.

No parent wants to see their child involved with drugs. The likelihood of a child associating with drug-using friends is reduced by a close relationship with their parents There are some specific steps you can take to help your child be properly prepared to meet the challenge of drugs and alcohol. Here they are:

1. Give clear messages and expectations that using drugs is not OK. Don’t assume your child knows your views, state them and make them clear as a bell.

2. Be a good, active listener. Be alert to both spoken and implied messages when you or your child is speaking about drugs. Have discussions not arguments.

3. Help with your child deal with peer pressure to use drugs. Review possible scenarios or listen to what has happened. Work out the possibilities both the pros and the cons of the situation as well as expected or potential outcomes. Help to plan appropriate actions and empower your child to act.

4. Get familiar with your child’s friends and parents. Meeting your children’s friends will give you a sense of their personalities, what they are “into”,” and their family situations. Don’t be too quick to judge a child’s friends, though. Radical styles and unconventional appearances may be nothing more than a badge of identity.

5. Know your child’s whereabouts. Children who had the least amount of monitoring or ‘latchkey’ kids are at greater risk of drug use and at earlier ages. Check up on your child’s whereabouts.

6. Supervise activities. Unsupervised parties or activities are an open invitation to drug use.

7. Have open, honest and sincere conversations with your child about using drugs and alcohol and the consequences.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg on proactive steps you can take as parents in protecting and preparing your child for exposure to drugs and alcohol use. More information and resources are freely available.

Drug Abuse Prevention – Before and After Hiring Employees

Dealing with employees who abuse drugs is very costly and frustrating. If only you could slow down the abuse, let alone stop it, you’d feel more in charge, knowing you are doing the right thing: The right thing for your company or other organization, not to mention the right thing for the good of society.

There are ways to screen potential employees in the original job interview as well give support to existing employees when it comes to minimizing drug abuse.

There is much you can do, especially if you are in charge of Human Relations, and at a low cost, too. It all centers upon EDUCATION. For every one of us to slow down the use of illegal drugs, we must all take ownership of the growing problem of drug addictions and abuse. We must, each of us, confront the problem in our own way. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking that “it’s not my problem. It’s the problem of the schools, the police, the medical emergency community.”

Wrong. It’s our problem and those of you who work with employee hiring and support are in an excellent position to effectively control the presence of illegal drugs in your office, factory, or other business organization.

You already know how costly the problems of drug abuse and addictions are to your firm. You are stressed because employees don’t show up for work or are late Or how they are not focused on their duties and so cause dangerous accidents while operating machinery or vehicles. Then, too, there’s the limited ability to think creatively to make production goals easier to achieve, because their brains cannot process data as swiftly as they should.

But you can tighten up the new-hire process and continued employee support by offering your employees and potential employees some basic facts about illegal street drugs. And the tool you can easily use are several easily-understood booklets that lay out the facts of how street drugs destroy the minds and bodies of users.The booklets show in simply understood text, drawings, and photographs how drug residues stay in the fatty tissues of the body. And, if untreated, that drug residue stays in there for a lifetime.

The printed booklets also punch holes in such myths as “a little marijuana won’t hurt you.” The truth is that it will hurt both the mind and the body of the user because it drains the body of vitamins and minerals that it needs and also affects the nervous system, causing negative changes and even numbness. The fact is that marijuana smoke contains 400 chemicals and that 60 of these cause cancer.

But the booklets are not confined to pot-smoking alone. They deal with such drugs as ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, and also alcohol. Ecstasy, for example, increases body temperatures to dangerous levels that can stop a beating heart. Additionally, it damages brain cells and so limits memory.

Of course, in all of this, there are extreme mood swings that bring about family violence, lack of motivation, depression of learning abilities, poverty, crime, and even jail-time. The entire scene is, indeed, sad.

The booklets also help set up role-model situations in which the readers can practice what to say when a drug-pusher comes along with his or her false messages. The readers can answer, “No thanks. I don’t want any part of them,” and say it with conviction and confidence.

As readers are steeped in the true facts of drug abuse, they become more armed then ever to ward off the enticing messages of those who are bent in spreading their falsities.

Perhaps you are in a business that tends to attract persons with backgrounds that include drug use and so you live with this situation every day. It behooves you to offer some leadership to assist people to overcome their problems, because a healthier workforce is a more productive workforce. And that leads to a smoother running company and more bottom line profits.