Drug and alcohol counselling and talking to children about drugs
Drug and alcohol counselling-prevent this by one simple thing. Specifically, finding the right time to discuss drugs with your kids. Most parents have difficulty talking to their children about drugs or sex. Sex education should be discussed in the school’s health education class. Yet your child must be prepared for potential exposure to drugs. Moreover, this often can and will happen in their early years.
Experts indicate this discussion should occur before they begin their teens. Children from the age of five and below learn that some things are bad for them. You may explain to them that some things can hurt them and make them sick. This includes alcohol, cigarettes, medications, and common household products. Of course, these are all drugs.
To avoid the need for drug and alcohol counselling later, start discussions early. It is easier to add some age-appropriate information as your child matures. Some studies show that first time drug-experiences develop from as young as age 8. This could be inhaling common household products. Young children can also be attracted to pretty pills in your cupboard or dresser.
Parents and children need to develop an action plan around drugs. Children have a high social need for acceptance. They can be affected peer pressure. This may play a role in encouraging first time drug-use. Of course this is often cigarettes, pills, alcohol, or cannabis.
Peer pressure, drugs, and your children
Children with high social status may do some kind of drugs. Ask your child to how they would feel and react if pressured to participate. You may role play and allow your child to experience what their reactions may be. Above all, be supportive in your encouragement. This at least lets your kids know you understand how hard these scenarios may be. Parents must always emphasise the important message that it is “ok to say no!”
Most kids have questions about their parents’ experiences with drug taking behaviours. In truth, it is good to be honest but older children may react differently. ‘What is good enough for mum or dad is good enough for me’, they may say. So limit the ‘glory stories’!
Many community and Government organisations in fact have material about talking to your children about drugs. In addition, some may offer drug and alcohol counselling for teens. School counsellors may also be of help. Above all, get help suspect active drug use or experimentation has taken place.
Headspace is an organisation where kids can talk about issue such as drugs and feel supported.
Drug and Alcohol Counselling Resources and Options
Thus, James Ising counselling provides individual counselling, and family counselling. Adolescent counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, and child counselling are available. Parenting counselling may support drug issues in any family. Through counselling and education materials we work to support your child remain drug free for life.
Family Drug Support Australia www.fds.org.au