There are plenty of stories about drug abuse that you here all time and it seems as though it is an extremely complicated ordeal. But no matter the case, there’s always pain involved for the victim bet it directly or indirectly.
People who have seen drug abuse right in the face can correctly describe that it is something that is extremely hard to witness. Due to this, there is a need for people to remain educated about how they can help their friends or family if they are addicted to a substance.
Let us look at some vital ways through which you can avoid substance abuse at home.
1. Family time
A research that was published in the National Association for Children of Alcoholics states that children who stay connected or spend a lot of time with their parents are less likely to be addicted to substances in the future. In order to inculcate important family values in a child, make sure that you have regular sessions where every member in your household is together. It could be in the form of meals or even a movie night.
2. Avoid electronics
It is stated that people who are already addicted to something are more prone to substance abuse later on in life. Many these days are addicted to the internet, and it is something that we all need to control. Children, especially, need to be shielded from the internet as much as possible so that the glamorization of drug abuse, as well as the imagery that comes along with, are not shown to them.
3. Talk to your kids about it
By letting your children know about the adverse effects of drug abuse, you are reducing the chances of them becoming an addict by nearly 400%. Sit your kids down and explain to them that it is not worth it so that they know it is not worth it. This step is extremely important since only about 30% of all parents do this with their kids.
4. Extracurricular activities
Let your children involve themselves in extracurricular activities after school so that they are closely monitored as to who they are with and what they do after school. This is a method that has been applied in most school in Iceland where the drug abuse rates among young adults are the lowest comparatively.
5. Healthy Meals
Insist on having meals that are rich in nutrients so that they are not incentivized to develop bad habits. By insisting on having healthy meals, you are reducing the chances of developing unhealthy lifestyle habits among your children.