Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids – Warning Signs and What to Do If Your Child Is Using

In our five-part series about preventing your child from abusing drugs, we covered elementary school, middle school, high school and beyond high school as parts one through four. Part five of our tips for raising drug-free kids series provides you with information on the warning signs that may indicate your child is taking drugs and what to do if your child is using.

As you might know, it can be difficult to figure out if your child is drinking alcohol or using drugs. Many parents find it a challenge to determine the difference between what’s typical “growing up” behavior or an indication of a bigger problem. Often, the signs of teenage drug abuse are typical behavior of teens and young adults. In other cases, you’ll see a new onset of moodiness, isolation, change in friends, or disinterest in activities they once loved.

Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids – Beyond High School

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs there is, but it can also be one of the hardest. You always have your child’s best interest in mind, and you want them to be healthy. However, you’re also worried about the decision they’ll make when they encounter drugs or alcohol. This concern is understandable —and you’re certainly not alone. Every parent goes through this constant worry.

In our five-part series about preventing drug abuse in your child, we covered the elementary school, middle school, and high school years as parts one through three. Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids – Beyond High School is the fourth in the series.

Below, you’ll learn about teaching your young adult about preventing drug use, continuing to be a role model, keeping a positive attitude and more. Let’s get started.

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Teach Drug Use Prevention

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Why Synthetic Marijuana is More Dangerous than Weed

The use of synthetic marijuana is growing, and it poses a serious threat to you if you use it, a loved one who uses it, and the public as a whole. There have been an increasing number of reports recounting people who have used synthetic pot who have experienced dangerous side effects, including heart palpitations, dehydration, fever, seizures and psychotic episodes.

If you or someone you care about is dealing with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, you’re most likely concerned and want to learn as much about the drug as possible, its addiction potential, and perhaps above all, how to get treated for its addition.

This in-depth guide details what synthetic weed is, how it’s made, why it’s so dangerous and what to do if you or someone you love has used synthetic cannabis.

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What is Synthetic Weed?

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Synthetic marijuana is a man-made combination of different chemicals.

Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids in High School

Adolescence can be a rocky time. Your teen is just starting to learn and establish their own identity, and with this often comes testing your parental control — and, of course, your patience. However, when it comes to drug abuse in teens, pushing the boundaries can lead to unsafe situations.

Teens commonly try, and even abuse, drugs and alcohol. And when they start, it can turn into a problem that won’t go away anytime soon without your help or the help of a professional rehab center.

The dangers of substance abuse for kids in high school can’t go overstated. Substance abuse can, and does, lead to:

  • Addiction
  • Injury
  • Disease
  • Poverty
  • Death

Teens and parents faced with this issue should realize and understand that an involved parent can be the single greatest force to keep teens off drugs and resolve a current substance problem.

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