When your teen has friends who experiment with party drugs, what should you do?
While there are many negative activities that your teenager could become involved in, the use of party drugs can have profoundly negative consequences. Since this is the case, it’s very important that you recognize that your teenager’s likelihood of using party drugs can increase dramatically if his or her friends experiment with the substances. In recognizing the truth of this principle, it’s a good idea to explore and implement various strategies in the event that you learn your teen has friends who experiment with party drugs. Here are three to consider implementing:
1. Educate Your Teen.
Simply stated, knowledge is power. When people recognize the consequences of the behavior they’re engaging in, they’re much more likely to abstain if those consequences are negative. For this reason, it’s a good idea to educate your teen regarding the negative impact that experimentation with party drugs can have on them. Some of the negative side effects include:
• erratic heart beat
• increase in blood pressure
• skin tingling
• rigid muscles
• reduced appetite
• difficulty urinating
• water retention
• sore throat
Once your teen becomes aware that she or he could be subject to one or several of these negative side effects upon using party drugs, the likelihood that they will succumb to the peer pressure of their friends can decrease dramatically.
2. Develop A Relationship.
Developing a solid relationship with your teen is another excellent way for you to decrease the likelihood that they will experiment with party drugs when in the presence of friends that do so. When you develop a meaningful relationship with your teen, you can increase his or her self-esteem by showing them that they are worth an investment of your resources (time, attention, money, etc.) Once your teen knows that they have great value in your sight, they will be much less likely to abuse drugs. There are several ways that you can begin developing a relationship with your teen, including by the creation of a weekly night out on the town in which you and your child can discuss significant events that are going on in your lives.
3. Get Your Teen Involved In Healthy Activities.
One of the reasons that teenagers become susceptible to the use of party drugs is that they lack knowledge regarding the importance and great value of maintaining optimal health. Correct this lack of knowledge by having open conversations with your children regarding how great health can improve mood, lengthen life span, and fight disease. Then make a point to get your teen involved in healthy activities such as swimming, cycling, or a book club. Also remember that you should practice what you preach by modeling what it means to have a healthy lifestyle. This means that you yourself should be consistent in exercising regularly and eating life-giving foods such as fruits and vegetables. When you cultivate this culture of life within your home, your child will be much less likely to gravitate towards people and environments where life-zapping realities such as party drugs are present.
While the strategies listed above are certainly not exhaustive, they do offer you a wide range of techniques you can implement to decrease the likelihood that your teen will experiment with party drugs. As many drug experts know, environment is influential, meaning that teens who are constantly in close proximity to people who use party drugs are much more likely to do so. For this reason, it’s important that you begin systematically implementing some or all of the aforementioned strategies to decrease the likelihood that your child will begin engaging in this negative behavior. If you believe that your teen is currently experimenting with party drugs, call a medical professional right now and schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment for your teen.