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Tips for Raising Drug-Free Kids in High School

by Nick

When you keep communication open between you and your child, it makes it easier for them to talk about drugs. You can promote more open communication by practicing good listening skills and taking an interest in what they say. Maintaining their trust will also help you talk about other tough subjects.

Reinforce Healthy Behaviors

Drug-free advocacy involves promoting behaviors that enhance your health and well-being. As you encourage drug-free living, you can also share the benefits of healthy habits. By promoting healthy behaviors, you make it easier for your child to understand the advantages of staying away from drugs. Activities like sports also keep children engaged in drug-free activities in their free time.

Understand the Risk Factors and Signs

Knowing possible signs and risks of drug use can help you identify use in your teen. Children who deal with difficult situations and low grades in school have an increased risk of drug use. Hanging out with friends who use alcohol or drugs will also raise their risk. If you suspect that your teen uses drugs, you should look out for potential signs, like sudden differences in behavior.

Get Involved in Drug-Free Movements

Your participation in the movement for drug-free living will set an example for your teenager and teach you how to encourage healthy behaviors. Organizations that advocate for the movement often hold events and activities that you can join in on. You can even bring your teenager with you to promote drug-free habits.

Teach Them How to Handle Risky Situations

Many teens end up using drugs because they feel pressured by their friends. People of all ages have difficulty with these kinds of situations, especially teenagers. You can support your teenager and help them manage peer pressure by teaching them how to say “no” confidently.

Learn More About the Movement Against the Opioid Crisis

For more information about opioids, addiction and the movement to end the opioid crisis, read our blog posts. We regularly update our blog with information on these topics. If you or someone you know has an addiction to opioids, contact Health Care Resource Centers today. We can help you get care in New England or direct you to one of our partners across the country.

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