Prevention from Drug Use
Every parent worries about their children and the dangers inherent to drug use and addiction. As children move to adolescence they change and parents need to follow these changes in order to assist them through. Deep down, every parent hopes they have done a good job raising their children to be responsible, self reliant and able to protect themselves. At the same time however, there are numerous items in the news regarding specific cases of ordinary people, whose children were sucked by the dark prospect of drug addiction; an inescapable thought is to consider the same happening to your child. It is only human to worry, as the traps are many and very cleverly set for a teenager to get drawn into.
The University Research Institute for Emotional Hygiene conducted research in 2003 among pupils between the ages of 14 to 18 and gleaned the following information:
• Illegal & addictive substances usage in Greece is in high levels
• One in three pupils aged 17 smokes more than 11 cigarettes daily
• One in two pupils aged 17 has had, at least once in the last month, five or more drinks
• One in ten pupils report having used cannabis at least once
• Addictive substances usage was constantly on the rise between 1998-2003
All this means that usage of said substances is on the rise and pupils are quite familiar with the use of both legal and illegal substances.
- Children are influenced by their friends, especially during puberty. They may try a substance, if only to get peer acceptance.
One should not underestimate the importance of peer acceptance to teenagers. It is a fact that peer connections and friendships change frequently, in contrast to the parents. It is likely that during these friendly get-togethers teenagers get drawn into the use of illegal or addictive substances, thereby potentially destroying their lives and their future.
- What are the tell-tale signs that your child has started experimenting with drugs?
The biggest problem is that most “symptoms” are normal puberty reactions, not at all unexpected in this day and age. However, as parents you usually feel when something is seriously wrong. Nevertheless, some tell-tale signs may demonstrate themselves as:
• Severe mood swings
• Emotions of sadness, seclusion and disillusionment
• Aggressive behaviour unlike the child
• Sudden loss of interest in school, sports or other activities
• Strange sleeping habits: either more sleep or difficulty to fall to sleep
• Lying or the trend to hide things
• Money being lost from the house or items going for sale
Still, even if you notice any of the above, don’t jump to conclusions.
It might be signs of a bad mood for other reasons, nothing to do with drug involvement. It is however important and necessary that you investigate your suspicions in depth.
To avoid potential complications that might damage your relationship with your child irreparably, contact our Investigation Agency; we will advise you regarding the measures to be taken via the help of registered experts in the field.
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