The care a child receives in making sure he or she does not abuse drugs varies greatly from household to household. In some, parents monitor their children’s activities closely and educate their children on problems associated with substance abuse. Sadly, at the other end of the scale are households where the child’s first drug use was actually with the parent. While this is a small number, it is tragic that it happens at all.
In most households, parents do make an attempt to prevent their child from using drugs. But it seems like the decks are stacked against parents.
Marijuana: A parent can explain why it is wrong to use marijuana but any child who watches television or reads news knows that the drug is given to sick people by doctors.
Alcohol: Television advertising, especially during sports shows, features an abundance of alcohol advertising.
Prescription drugs: From pain killers to so-called “study drugs,” these are also prescribed by medical doctors.
Keeping one’s child safe means first of all, setting a good example of disciplined alcohol use, minimal prescription drug use and no illicit drug use. Education starts by example.
Second, it’s going to be necessary to explain that even if drugs are prescribed or openly advertised, there are negative effects associated with all these types of drugs, and that use can easily get out of control.
Third, a child who is goal-oriented is less likely to be derailed by drugs. Work with a child to develop goals he or she wants to achieve and feels are doable. Praise her accomplishments. Help him work out solutions to the obstacles.
Despite Best Efforts, Some Young People May Need a Rehabilitation Program
Despite education and monitoring, some young people will become dependent on or addicted to illicit or prescription drugs or alcohol. But recovery through drug rehab is possible and those dreams can come in sight once again. This is the result of the Narconon drug and alcohol recovery program, delivered at Narconon recovery centers around the world.
The Narconon drug rehab program does not use any other drugs as part of recovery but instead supports a person through withdrawal and detoxification with generous doses of nutritional supplements. Nutrition, along with time spent in a low-heat sauna and moderate exercise has been shown to initiate an exceptional detoxification process that flushes drug residues out of the fatty tissues where they tend to lodge. When these residues are removed, the person in recovery normally says that cravings are lower or gone, and that his or her outlook is brighter and energy is better.
Once outlook is improved, it is easier to recover the life skills the will keep one safe when rehab is completed. Life skills like the ability to use communication to resolve problems, ability to change conditions for the better, to isolate those people in one’s life who might create problems and a solid moral code that provides guidance. All these aspects of good survival are addressed on the Narconon addiction treatment program. Narconon school programs help prevent the need for addiction programs by providing drug education, but when addiction does arrive, this organization also provides rehabilitation.
Addiction treatment is seldom accomplished in the 28 to 30 days of short-term programs. It takes long than that to fully detoxify and then develop sober living skills. Learn how the Narconon program can put addiction problems in the past and help build a bright future again.