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How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs
First and foremost it is important to be educated about drugs yourself.
This site and others can provide you with information - see
FAQ drugs. There are many other
resources available, including several government websites that provide
basic drug information, current news, and study results.
Also important is how you talk to your kids. What has never worked with
drug education is to tell a person something from an authoritative
viewpoint. As soon as one starts in with that approach, the child will
immediately tune the person out. A better approach is to ask them
questions and then provide basic, true information.
One can just ask "What have you heard about drugs that is good?"
At this point is is very important for the parent to simply listen to the
child's response without interrupting them. Give them your full attention,
no matter what they say, be patient and listen carefully.
When they have finished telling you the good things they have heard about
drugs, we have found it is best to just say "thank you" or "I understand"
to the communication they just gave you. This helps give your child
confidence that they can talk to you and that you are interested in what
they have to say. It's like having communication with your best friend,
only this one happens to be your child.
Now that they have told you what they heard that was positive about drugs,
it is time to get them the correct information. The objective is to give
the child correct information so they can make sound decisions on their
own. We have found that when young people are given the accurate
information about drugs their attitude about them changes and they make
their own decisions not to use them. Their own solid decision will carry
them a long way.
When providing them with information, ensure that they fully understand
it. Consult their understanding and ask for an example of what they have
just learned. If they ask a question that you can't answer, it is
important that you are honest with them and don't try and make something
up. Use the opportunity to work with them to find the answer.
Honestly, patience and good communication are the key to talking to your
kids about drugs. Getting their questions answered will help ensure they
make the right decision not to use drugs.
Signs and Symptoms of drug use
There are many signs, both physical and behavioural, that indicate drug
use. Each drug has it's own unique manifestations but there are some
general indications that a person is using drugs.
- Sudden change in behaviour
- Mood swings-irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
- Withdrawal from family members
- Careless about personal grooming.
- Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favourite activities.
- Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeps during the day.
- Red or glassy eyes
- Sniffly or runny nose
The following are some of the signs and symptoms of specific drug use:
Methamphetamines: "Wired," sleeplessness for days and weeks at a
time, total loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, dilated pupils,
excited, talkative, deluded sense of power, paranoia, depression, loss of
control, nervousness, unusual sweating, shaking, anxiety, hallucinations,
aggression, violence, dizziness, mood changes, blurred vision, mental
Cocaine: Impaired thinking, confused, anxious, depressed, short
tempered, panic attacks, suspiciousness, dilated pupils, sleeplessness,
loss of appetite, decreased sexual drive, restlessness, irritability, very
talkative, scratching, hallucinations, paranoia.
LSD (Acid): Dilated pupils, skin discoloration, loss of
coordination, false sense of power, euphoria, distortion of time and
space, hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, nausea, vomiting, loss of
control, anxiety, panic, helplessness, and self destructive behaviour.
PCP: Sometimes violent or bizarre behaviour, suicide has often
occurred, paranoia, fearfulness, anxiety, aggressive or withdrawn, skin
flushing, sweating, dizziness, total numbness, and impaired perceptions.
Inhalants: Short-lasting euphoria, giggling, silliness, dizziness.
Then come the headaches and full-blown "faintings" or going unconscious.
Long-term Use: Short-term memory loss, emotional instability,
impairment of reasoning, slurred speech, clumsy staggering gait, eye
flutter, tremors, hearing loss, loss of sense of smell, and escalating
stages of brain atrophy. Sometimes these serious long-term effects are
reversible with body detoxification and nutritional therapy; sometimes the
brain damage is irreversible or only partially reversible.
Heroin: Chemically enforced euphoria. "Nodding," which is a
dreamlike state, near sleep, drifting off for minutes or hours. For long
time abusers heroin may act like a stimulant and they can do a normal
daily routine; however, for others, it leaves them completely powerless to
Marijuana: Compulsive eating, bloodshot red eyes that are squinty
(they may have trouble keeping them open), dry mouth, excessive and
uncontrollable laughter, forgetfulness, short term memory loss, extreme
lethargy, delayed motor skills, occasional paranoia, hallucinations,
laziness, lack of motivation, stupidity, sickly sweet smell on body, hair,
and clothes, and strong mood changes and behaviours when the person is
Depressants: (Tranquilizers and Barbiturates): Decreased
inhibition, slowed motor coordination, lethargy, relaxed muscles,
staggering gait, poor judgment, slow, uncertain reflexes, disorientation,
and slurred speech.
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