The best cure is prevention.
Some people may state this as “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. However, the first statement is more succinct, direct and true. If you can prevent your child from taking and abusing drugs then that benefits everyone involved. We at Elk River Treatment Program are here to help if your child is addicted to drugs and needs a teen drug rehab but we should be used only as a last resort.
To help you prevent that scenario, causing hardship and trauma to both you and your child, we present the following recommendations to make them aware of the harmful effects of drugs and of their consequences.
- Do plenty of research before talking to your children. Yes, you were a teen once but things have changed and you need to know the latest facts, truths and studies.
- Speak the absolute truth. If you tell a lie or an untruth when telling them not to take drugs then you are not teaching them to not take drugs; you are teaching them to lie.
- Build up your children’s self image throughout their lives. If they know that they are capable then will know that they do not need to be dependent upon other substances. Again, be truthful and accurate in any praise; be accurate and do not give false praise.
- Realize that everyone needs assistance to work through crises and traumas. If there has been a death in the family, or if a child has been raped or molested, then seeing a therapist can give people a life-long strategy and coping mechanism.
- Repeat your talk or variations of your talk over and over again. You do not buy a product after seeing it only one time on television; it may take several views before you begin to realize that it can be beneficial to you. The same is true of talking to your children about drugs. Also, talk to them as early as possible. Talk to them as soon as they may encounter older children who are in the drug-prone years.
You do not want your child to go to a teen drug rehab. If your talk has not worked then talk to us.Read More