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How To Cope With Teenagers That Use Drugs ?

reasonable and smart;

  • They try to satisfy their interests and curiousity about life while

    staying sober. If they break this rule, they are perfectly aware of

    what is going on at the moment. They are able to give losigcl estimations.

    Psychologists call it responsiveness.

  • How to help them?

    Some of the most effective methods of preventive educational that

    work with difficult children are:

    • Stress prevention is not only the neutralization of negative factors

      influencing a teenager (very often it is impossible to neutralize or

      to exclude these factors entirely, as they concern family relationships,

      housing, finances and surroundings). Stress prevention is education,

      training and the development of abilities for making more deliberate

      and more independent decisions about overcoming conflict situations

      and their consequences;

    • A complex of exercises aimed at the lowering of suggestibility;
    • Psychological correction of problems peculiar to teenagers’

      curiousity and their interest in unhealthy activities (altering their

      states of consciousness) which are carried out with the help of means

      uncovering positive personal potential on the basis of sensomotor activity

      (auto-trainings, meditational trainings and some trans-control psychotechnics).

    Don't look for the guilt

    Positive and worthy people talking to addiction experts often say the

    same thing: "We never thought it would happen in our family."

    In reality, most experts working in this arena understand that people’s

    ignorance regarding drug and psychotropic agents influencing consciousness

    is not their fault, but their disaster.

    On the whole, it is useless to blame someone because one of his relatives

    has become a drug addict or an alcoholic. It will only worsen the problem.

    Responsibility

    Drug treatment should be, first and foremost, a way to help the drug

    addict communicate with other people without using chemicals. Drug addiction

    is a bio-psycho-socio-mental disease. Biologically, this dependence is

    untreatable, but it can be treated in sociomental way. For a successful

    recovery, we must create an environment that will help the person start

    life afresh. Being in this new environment with people who have dealt

    with the same problems becomes the most effective means of drug addiction

    treatment. A doctor is not an authority for a drug addict. He takes the

    opposite side and a drug addict needs people taking his side who have

    already been through recovery or at least are relatives of people who

    have the same problems. People who have already overcome addiction can

    relate to a drug addict better than anyone else. A mistrustful child can

    trust this environment because he knows that these people are the same

    as he is. They are drug addicts.

    Sometimes we hear that it is possible to overcome drug addiction complete.

    This is not so. A person can can have a setback, but he won't lose his

    total personal potential. He won't blame anyyone but himself. One of the

    main components of drug addiction is a paranoid attitude when a person

    says, “It is not my fault, but my father's, mother's ..." And

    one of the main symptoms of recovery is when a drug addict stops blaming

    others. It works best if he is told about it by someone who has already

    undergone treatment.

    Booklet for parents

    If (your child):

    1. has ceased confiding in you.
    2. avoids being with you and other members of your family.
    3. . comes home late and tries to go to his room without talking to anyone.
    4. . becomes more aloof and this can’t be attributed to something

      that is going on in your family.

    5. doesn't let you meet his friends and tries to avoid talking about

      them.

    6. tries to conceal what he’s saying on the telephone.
    7. suddenly and secretly leaves home.
    8. has lost his friends or sees them rarely.
    9. you don't know how he spends his spare time.
    10. he no longer studies and can't keep a job.
    11. he stays up late at night and wakes up late in the morning. He may

      not sleep the whole night through.

    12. he something eats nothing and sometimes he eats too much or just

      sweets and fat.

    13. he becomes short-tempered, angry, dull, hasty, suddenly cheerful

      and/or excited.

    14. has difficulty concentrating.
    15. his pupils are changing: sometimes they are contracted, sometimes

      dilated or different.

    16. he is in a bad mood more often without any obvious reasons.
    17. He has needle marks.
    18. you have found substances with a specific sweetish smell.

    If you found ...

    ... at least one of the above-mentioned signs, pay attention! Maybe





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