What You Should Do if You Suspect Your Teen is Abusing Prescription Drugs
Determining whether or not your child is using drugs or alcohol can be difficult, as many teens experience erratic behavior and mood swings. Trying to decide if your teen is simply going through a phase or is really making some serious negative decision can make any parent questions their sanity, but with the sharp increase in teen prescription drug abuse, it is not something that should be taken lightly. If you suspect that your child may be abusing drugs, here are a few things that you can do.
There are plenty of parents out there that assume that prescription drug abuse is not as rampant among teenagers as it truly is. While it can be difficult for teens to get a hold of illegal substances, prescriptions are often kept in the home and can be abused with no knowledge of the parent. If you are worried that teen prescription drug abuse may be occurring in your home, then you should first go through all of your prescriptions to see if there is any missing. If there are, then you may be on to something
As a parent, it can be easy to want to snap at your teen when they are making bad decisions. The best way to go about finding out about teen prescription drug abuse is not to accuse your child, but to ask them in a way that is caring and loving. Once they understand that you are not going to be angry with them, but want to get help for their problem, they are much more likely to respond to you. Try to stay as calm as possible and ask them direct questions without beating around the bush.
Prescription drug abuse will require some outside help, so make sure that you are willing and able to provide that help for your child. Let your teen know what type of help they will be getting so that you can work together to solve the problem.
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