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Prevention is the best medicine

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Child' started by Gelsemium, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Onionman

    Onionman Active Contributor

    I definitely think prevention is better than cure. Where do we start? With education. At school. At home. In their community. In environments that tend to shape young minds. That's not to say that all will be caught. But I do believe that some young souls will be saved if they are shaped at the right time.
  2. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    That is the best way no doubt stariie, I look at my kids for example and even if they are small they are already doing sports, they love it and they will not have "the time" for drugs while they do sports.
  3. januz101

    januz101 Member

    Drug awareness is a very important process every parents should teach their kids. As our kids are constantly expose to uncensored environment, we nevenever can know what sort of people our kids associate with. So it is our responsibility to teach our kids how to deal with various negative influence in his surrounding.
  4. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I remember when I was a teenager, my parents never discussed it with me and I had a friend who smoked pot and I tried it, how bad could it be? If someone had talked to me about it maybe I would have thought twice.
  5. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I do remember the DARE as part of our activity in school and it does help a lot of students to be aware of those dangerous substances, its effects to the person and to the society.
    I agree that it is always better to prevent than to cure. Educating children about it and guiding them well will bring a great difference.
  6. notodrugs

    notodrugs Community Listener Community Listener

    Yes, unobtrusive guidance and letting them choose a worthwhile hobby / hobbies are great ways for them to avoid drugs, alcohol and smoking.

    Sometimes though, no matter how much we've tried to make them stay away from vices, there are kids who still get into it. Here is where character formation sets in. Whether we parents like it or not, our children will have to choose independently, give in or not to weak moments that only they can decide right then and there.

    It is important to give children a sense of responsibility to choose what they want and lead their lives with more independence. And we're not talking about trust here yet. It is a complicated process, this parenting thing. You give the same parenting approach, but not all your kids turn out the same. It is in the personality so different strokes for different folks.
  7. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    It's really hard to make kids do what we want, it's almost an art, so we need to be close to them and to be an active part of their life or else we might regret it later.
  8. proldani

    proldani Member

    Physical and psychological abuse could lead to substance abuse, as drugs are sometimes used as an espace from the harsh reality of every day life, at least for abused children. The lack of parental awareness just seems to feed a horrible vicious cycle, which can be hard to break and overcome.
  9. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I think that the word misguidance sums it all up nicely, when we don't have proper guidance is way more easy for us to get lost in drugs, so the parents play a big role here.
  10. Kamarsun1

    Kamarsun1 Active Contributor

    Its important for teens to have positive role models, if you let the TV and music teach your kids then there is a high chance they will get into the drug scene. Also the parents have be lead by example. Parents can't talk to kids about drugs if they are not clean themselves.
  11. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I agree, not only TV and music are not role models, not are their friends at school or wherever they are. They need to be able to rely on their parents, but that is more and more rare these days.
  12. muthoni

    muthoni Active Contributor

    I agree with you that prevention is better than cure. There is a great problem with peer pressure that most teens are not able to resist. A great relationship between a teen and a parent will ensure that they are able to talk about everything. This will help eliminate curiosity which is a common contributor of drug abuse.
  13. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Peer pressure starts really early, kids with 6 and 7 years old start feeling what their colleagues like and dislike and this goes on to when they are teens and in that age they can resort to drugs, that is why preparation should start when they are still kids.
  14. terrainna

    terrainna Member

    Yes, I agree. I also believe that parents have to stay involved in their child's life regardless of their age. Talk to them, sympathize with them, understand what they're going through, and most importantly lead them by example. Parents have to continue to examine "home-life". Dysfunctional home life can cause children to run to substance abuse.
  15. MissLisa

    MissLisa Member

    Your right! children have to be engaged in productive activities, and not have too much time on their hands. I feel that one of the things that is needed is individuals to step up and volunteer in helping some of the organizations out that are in your area. Even starting you own group or program would be a great contribution to the progression of the youth today. Even when you see a child doing or saying something that they should not, people are scared of speaking up, and in these days it is not considered proper to do so. I know that a lot of these children are dangerous and may try to harm you if you say anything to them about their behavior, but the more we don't say anything, the worse things are going to get.
  16. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Yep, I recall my case, I went to school and that was it, I had a lot of free time and so did my colleagues, so I ended up trying drugs with no benefit at all to me.
  17. c9h2ua

    c9h2ua Member

    Agree!! Education for kid is really important, because it will affect the values of the kid and it is going to affect the path the kid takes. Therefore, parents should try to pay more attention and care to the kids, and make sure that they are on the right track.
  18. thomas carty

    thomas carty Member

    I do agree and I think that the best way to keep kids from getting on drugs is to prevent them from being exposed to them in the first place something that we can do as adults is to show them the dangers of drugs from and early age and get them to understand why doing drugs is not the way for them to go in life.

    Honestly that is why I really respect the jobs of the teachers because I really think that taking the time to educate the youth on the dangers of drugs is the key to helping them to avoid doing drugs in the first place.
  19. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    It's not just a matter of getting a proper education because we see a lot of educated people having issues with drugs, is more about guidance and having our times occupied with useful and engaging things.
  20. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    Kids need guidance from the very beginning so that they start off on the right note.The world has changed dramatically over the past couple of years and with the advent of social media,kids are exposed to all kind of material that can influence their behavior from obscene music with lewd lyrics to porn which is easily accessible.