Keeping a Family Drug-Free

The drug problem today is a very different problem than it was twenty years ago. Every day, in the US alone, more than 7000 people try drugs for the very first time. Most of those new users are young people. Only one in five persons in this country who need drug addiction treatment ever receive it, and typical drug rehab programs do not have very good success rates.

According to the American Cancer Society there are about 450,000 tobacco smokers In the US alone.

We hear these kinds of alarming statistics often, but the time comes when facing the drug dealer is something with which every young person must deal. It’s at that point we hope and pray that his or her teachings on the topics of drugs and their dangerous effects will be sufficient to keep on the straight and narrow. Those teachings begin at home. And for many years, the most important lessons will also, be from the home. Good habits and bad habits can be learned right in the family. Sometimes, the parents are really the kid’s worst enemy when it comes to the area of drug abuse.

But for most, lessons learned at home will help guide them in a pro-survival direction.

Teaching our sons and daughters about drugs before the drug dealers and the drug culture gets to them is imperative.

Here are some points to watch to help keep the family drug-free:

Ensure the kids know that drug abuse is not acceptable in any way.

You would be amazed at how often the use of illegal drugs is actually promoted by parents. I’m not necessarily talking about smoking weed in front of the toddlers, although that happens alarmingly often. But your kids have to know that you completely disapprove of drug abuse among adults or among children. It is very important to be completely clear on this. It makes a difference.

But Dad relating “Fond Memories” of when he used to get high and all the fun and funny things he did while stoned are almost as bad as offering the drug directly to the child. Children naturally try to emulate their fathers and mothers. That’s how they learn most of what they know about the world and what is expected of them.

Point out the times and places where various media attempt to normalize drug abuse.

Movies and television shows are notorious these days for showing marijuana use or heavy drinking as a normal aspect of being a young person in the 21st century. Whether it’s a comedy or drama or action film, it’s often played up as expected that the cooler youngsters brought the alcohol to the party. It is made to look like the adults were the clueless ones and the kids, getting high, know the world much more clearly.

While these influences are everywhere and they get more exposure to the kid that do parents, they don’t carry nearly the weight you do. When these things come up on the TV, don’t just laugh with everyone else, pause it or mute it and say, “There, did you see the way they’re making drug use and under-age drinking look cool?”

They don’t see it. They can’t be expected to recognize it. The alcohol and tobacco companies rely on their ignorance and on their naiveté.

Don’t leave your kids open to these influences. If these attempts to sway children and young adults into the direction of drug and alcohol abuse are noticed and recognized by all, they lose their effectiveness and do more to wise the kid up than to persuade.

Top 10 Benefits Of Being Drug-Free

Knowing the Consequences Will Help You Stay Away

You have probably heard that drugs create a lot of trouble. They can damage the brain, the heart, and other important organs. Drug abusers lose their adequacy and ability to concentrate. They often find it hard to think clearly and make wise decisions. If you know how much you can benefit from a drug-free life, you will not even touch drugs.

Here are some benefits of being drug-free:

  1. First of all, you will live a healthier and longer life. Drug abuse leads to extreme weight loss and malnutrition that can affect both your health and family life.
  2. You will enjoy financial freedom. You can spend all your earnings the right way rather than spending it all on buying drugs or alcohol. Financial freedom offers a lot of benefits and is one of the important advantages of being drug-free.
  3. You will have the opportunity to live a respectable life in society. If you are an addict, your indifferent behavior and personality changes could make you a real burden for others and nobody will respect you, not even your friends.
  4. If you are drug-free, you can reduce the risk of sudden death as many drugs can lead to a cardiac arrest or heart attack. Haven’t we all heard about road accidents caused by people under the influence?
  5. You can be a better parent and a good role model for your kids. If you are addicted to drugs, they might dominate your whole life and tear your family apart.
  6. You can live a fear-free life. Addicts will do all sorts of wrong things like lying, cheating, and stealing money. Because of all this, they are always afraid of other people.
  7. Another advantage is that you can save your career. Addicts cannot concentrate on their work and have a problem with assignments, deadlines and so on. If you are sincere and dedicated, you will have better job prospects and earn more money.
  8. By avoiding drugs, you can improve your appearance – you will look young and energetic. Drug abusers do not get the required nutrients. Your complex may change and your skin may shrink – that will make you look and feel quite old.
  9. Friendship can survive with reliable behavior, mutual care and respect. None of these will be there if you’re an addict.
  10. Creating awareness on drug addiction is very important. Due to lack of awareness, many people have no idea about the dimensions of this problem and hence our duty to help people understand how dangerous this habit actually is. Organize an awareness campaign in your neighborhood and show everyone the benefits of being drug-free. Surprise the attendees with a customized giveaway gift. There is an enormous collection of products available online. Because of their unique and easily-customizable nature, silicone rubber wristbands are the best choice. These products are available in various types, colors, fonts, sizes and styles. You can easily print awareness messages and distribute them during your campaign.

Think about it!