Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
August 28, 2018
Have the talk. Children are 50 percent less likely to use alcohol or drugs if parents bring up the topic.
“It’s very important to have those conversations before you start noticing problems or having concerns,” said Scott Halverson, LIMHP, CHI Health psychotherapist. Talking tips:
- Find “teachable moments” while watching TV or discussing celebrities with drug/alcohol issues.
- Listen as much as you talk to find out what your children know.
- Notice and reinforce positive behavior more than negative.
- Discuss family history of alcohol or drug abuse – and how that increases their risk.
- Stay calm. Yelling, name-calling or shaming can turn the child against you.
“Teens are going to test you but keep the focus on the fact that your communication comes out of love, care, concern and a desire to understand your children,” Halverson said.
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