Preventing the Abuse of Hallucinogens
The likelihood that your child will at some point be surrounded by people drinking or using drugs and will be offered drugs is overwhelming. He must know to expect this, he must expect his peers to ridicule him if he refuses the offer to join in and he must know in his heart that he must walk out of this environment if he is to stay sober. He must truly understand the damage that can occur if drugs are abused, all the way up to and including overdose and addiction. Obviously, this information must be shared very gently in the earlier years, with more specific knowledge being offered when the child is in his teens.
One of the most essential messages to send is that both the child’s parents are united in their opposition to any kind of substance abuse. This is an important message whether the family all lives in the same household or not. According to the National Center on Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse, if a person can avoid drinking or using drugs until after they turn 21, they are virtually certain to never have a problem with substance abuse.
Parents must set a good example of sobriety as well. If a parent says that drug abuse is not acceptable but then drinks frequently or uses prescription drugs that could be avoided, this mixed message will undermine the parent’s desire to keep the child sober.
Of course, if the parent is using illicit drugs or abusing prescription drugs or alcohol, the best thing he could do to keep the child sober is get himself cleaned up, followed by this drug education.
Hallucinogens are seldom the first drug a child abuses. A parent may choose to begin educating a child the problems caused by drug abuse in general, then move on to the primary drugs that youth start with - marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs, and then explain the specific dangers of hallucinogens. It is most likely that a young person will run into these drugs at parties, music festivals or dance clubs. But if he or she runs around with older youth who are living risky lifestyles, exposure to these dangerous substances may come earlier.