Know Your Enemy...
Every year, drug and alcohol abuse costs over $245 billion, causes over half a million visits to emergency rooms, and kills thousands. In this country about 14.8 million people are current users of illicit drugs, and about 8.2 million people are dependent on alcohol. Being familiar with the names and effects of common drugs is a critical first step in preventing or reducing drug and alcohol abuse.
Tips for Parents:
Preventing Substance Abuse
YOU are the first line of defense when it comes to helping your child stay free of drug and alcohol use.
So how can you make a difference?
Talk to your child… Let them know the dangers of substance abuse and make it clear that you expect them to stay away from alcohol and drugs. Set the rules regarding substance abuse and enforce stated consequences. However, be sure to let them know that they can always talk to you if they have questions or are faced with a situation that they need help with.
Teach your child…You can teach your child to politely tell someone no to alcohol and drugs. Reassure them that it is okay to say that they are not allowed to use those substances and prepare them to handle peer pressure. Be sure to stress that if your child is faced with a situation that involves peer pressure, drugs, or alcohol, that they should leave and tell a trusted adult.
Know your child… Ask how things are going at school, with friends, and about plans for the future. Know where your child is and what they will be doing during unsupervised time. Get to know your child’s friends and their parents and make sure you know their rules and standards.
Keep your child busy… Involve your child in healthy activities, especially between 3p.m. and 6p.m. and into evening hours, when children and teens are more likely to experiment with substance abuse. Kids who are involved in constructive, adult supervised activities are less likely to use drugs.
Be a good role model… Your kids look up to you and want to be like you. If you drink or abuse drugs, your children are likely to do so as well.
Accept the role of a parent as your major responsibility.
Children do not need you to be their friend, let others be their friend.
You be the parent!
Rutland Area Prevention Coalition
45 Union Street, Suite 1
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-4199
RAP IS ON TV!
Visit PegTV Channel 15 (choose Video on Demand, PegTV Channel 15-Talk Shows) to watch episodes of "The RAP Spot," a monthly program highlighting the good work of our community partners and their efforts to reduce substance abuse in Rutland County.
Check out our latest episode here: http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T00969&video=310888