The teen years are fraught with emotion and peer pressure. Throw in the heavy issues of sex and exposure to drugs and alcohol, and you’ve got some potentially life-altering situations arising here.
I can almost guarantee you that your teenage son or daughter will be offered alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes or other illicit drugs in his or her lifetime.
What would your teen do?
Glancing over the national statistics, three-quarters of teens will agree to give it a try. Even more disturbing is the recent trend to consume or inhale common household medications (such as cough syrups) and aerosolized chemicals.
Our teens need and crave our guidance. The time to talk about these issues is before they head down the pathway to drug use and possible addiction. Please don’t assume your child is immune. A recent poll by the University of Michigan revealed that parents grossly underestimate their own child’s alcohol or drug use.
Unfortunately, teen drug use and addiction knows no cultural or socioeconomic boundaries….click here to continue reading this week’s Dr.Mom column in The Sacramento Bee.
Are you a parent of a teen? How did you broach the topic of drugs and alcohol? Please share your thoughts…