Published on January 20, 2009
Knowledge The Key to Prevention : Knowledge The Key to Prevention Parenting of Adolescents. Drug Abuse Awareness. Credit is awarded to: Denise D. Witmer the "professional parent“ Presenter: Wendy M.S. Riley Education Technology Parent Awareness St. Mary Star Academy Parents & Teachers Seminar Who does drug abuse affects? : Who does drug abuse affects? Clip arts from: Microsoft Office clip art online & yahoo search families Colleagues, athletes, friends, schoolmates, the young social groups, elderly, club mates, best friends, those people… & You! Slide 3: Please note that even though some of these warning signs of drug abuse may be present in your teen, it does not mean that they are definitely abusing drugs. There are other causes for some of these behaviors. Even the life stage of adolescence is a valid reason for many of them to exist. Drug Abuse Awareness Slide 4: While there are many issues with teenagers that can strike fear in the heart of a parent, teen drug use is #1. But you can’t allow your fear to force you to ignore drug concerns in your teen’s life – and all teens have them! Drug Abuse Awareness Slide 5: Each and every teenager knows someone in school who experiments or readily uses drugs. Every teen has seen it on television or in the news. Drug Abuse Awareness Slide 6: To empower a drug-free teenager you’ll need to put your fear aside and meet this issue head on. You can keep your teen drug-free, or start them on a drug-free path if they have been experimenting already, because this issue is not bigger than your loving influence. Drug Abuse Awareness After you have completed the online quiz, select the Back button to return to this window. : After you have completed the online quiz, select the Back button to return to this window. Start with this screening quiz: Quiz (use your handout to answer the questions. Your answers are confidential) Do not ignore the warning signs of teenage drug abuse. If six of these signs, (not all in the same category), are present for a period of time, you should talk to your teen and seek some professional help. EDU 301WB – You do not have to link to the Internet, all of your information can be displayed in the PowerPoint. You don’t have to create a quiz, just an informative PowerPoint. Drug Abuse Awareness Slide 8: While your teen is learning to become independent, you will still need to guide the way. This is especially true when it comes to serious issues like drug use because it is not just your teen you are dealing with. There are the drug dealers who would love to get to your child or the negative peers who would use your child to valid their drug using behavior. Be the Parent and Set the Rules: Slide 9: Therefore, it is very important you make a conscience effort to set the rules where teen drug use is concerned. Be the Parent and Set the Rules: Here's How: : Here's How: Tell your teen that drug use of any kind will not be tolerated in your family. Be clear so that there is no interpretation. Ask if he understands these expectations. Ask your teen if there are any questions. Be prepared to answer these and bring up a few of your own if you feel more information needs to be discussed. Continue talking to your teen about drugs after the rules have been set. How to Set the Rules An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Here's How: : Here's How: Establish the consequences for breaking the rules. Be firm with them. Once these are set, think of the consequences as black and white – no gray area here. Don’t let your teen off the hook or add consequences when a rule is broken. Check up on your teenager. When he tells you his plans, check them with other parents. Let your teen know that you take the role as his parent very seriously. How to Set the Rules An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Be there for your teen when he needs to get out of a bad situation. Parents, be the scapegoat: ‘I can’t do that, my parents would kill me!’ Or be the parent who will pick up your teen without repercussions if he finds the party he’s gone too has drugs available or her date has been drinking. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents on a first name basis. This will help you know what your teen is doing and you may make a good friend to boot! Keep connected in the after school hours. If you can’t be home with your teen, call and leave notes. Have another adult supervise your teen or sign him up for an after school program. If these things aren’t possible, establish a routine for your teenager and keep him busy during this time. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Talk to your teen often about drugs. Use ice breakers from television shows or the radio in the car. Remember these are conversations, Not lectures. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Get your teen involved in extra-curricular activities. Schools offer sports or clubs and community organizations offer classes and youth groups. These will help him mold his identity in a positive way and give him less time doing nothing and becoming bored. Studies have shown teens that have less time to just hang out are less likely to do drugs. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Ask questions when your teen makes plans to go out. Who will he be with, where is s/he going, what will he be doing, etc. Do a check up. Call other parents and do this together. 7. Be a role model. If you drink, drink responsibly - and don’t ever use illegal drugs. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Unite your family against drugs using strong family beliefs. Establish that your family doesn’t use drugs. Not that you will shun your child should he make a mistake, but that your family believes there are other healthier ways to enjoy life and fix problems rather than escaping into a drug haze. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : Connect with your teen by doing things together as a family. Make this a routine outing and have your teen help plan it. Eat family meals together. Studies have shown that kids who enjoy dinner together with their parents on a normal basis are less likely to become involved with drugs. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use There are Groups of Kids that Says No To Drugs Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use : 10. Drop any baggage you may be carrying. Don’t allow the mistakes you made as a teenager or young adult to influence your teen in a negative way. Tap into the mature adult you’ve become and let the past go. An ounce of prevention is worth so much more than a pound of cure. Tips on Preventing Teen Drug Use Parents, Get Help for Your Teen : Often parents will feel that their teenager - and their relationship with their teenager - is spinning out of control when they discover their teen is using drugs or alcohol. It is a big shock. It is difficult to know what to do next or where to turn for help. Here is a listing of places where you can take your next step in helping your teenager. Parents, Get Help for Your Teen Train up a children in the way they should go, when they are old they will not depart from it. Parents, Get Help for Your Teen : Trained counselors can respond to your questions just about every day of the week. A wonderful free service that can help you with some answers or walk you through when you and your teen are in crisis. Parents, Get Help for Your Teen Cocaine Hotline Drug Action for Service Drug Action Service Genesis House Address: Winchester & Mt. Royal Ave. Nassau, The Bahamas Denial of Drug Abuse : As the new term begins, it’s yet another opportunity for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking. And it’s important that parents, educators and students work together to keep drugs out of their schools and prevent young people from engaging in drug use. Denial of Drug Abuse Denial of Drug Abuse : When young people do not recognize the risk, use will increase. This is harmful to youth, harmful to families and harmful to communities. Nothing is better than our children’s futures when their lives – are at stake.” Denial of Drug Abuse Denial of Drug Abuse : “We have a large and growing denial gap when it comes to drug abuse and dependency in this country,” said John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “We have a responsibility—as family members, employers, physicians, educators, religious leaders, neighbors, colleagues, and friends—to reach out to help our children. We must find ways to lead them back to drug free lives. And the earlier we reach them, the greater will be our likelihood of success.” Denial of Drug Abuse Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior : Adolescents and young adults who use drugs use alcohol and often take risks that endanger their health and the health of others. One of the most harmful risks is that of engaging in risky sexual activities. Scientific research has demonstrated that the use of alcohol and drugs is related to the occurrence of unsafe sexual behavior. Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior : This type of behavior will put kids at risk for pregnancy or contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HIV/AIDS. Young people need to recognize the deadly consequences of HIV/AIDS, and that they are potential targets for infection. Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior : Adolescents are at high behavioral risk for contracting most STDs, and teens account for one-quarter of the new cases of STDs diagnosed each year. Do you know that STD infection may result in infertility, birth defects, and the transmission of HIV, which parents will have to take care? The problem and stress levels will increase for parents, if denial continues. Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior : It has been estimated that at least half of all new HIV infections cases are among people under age 25, including teens. The majority of young people are infected sexually with some form of STD. Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Drug Testing Methods : There are several different types of tests given to detect drug use. If current drug use is suspected, a blood or breath test often is administered. If previous drug use is suspected, a urine or hair test may be used. These tests look for chemical metabolites, or traces, that the drug leaves behind after it is eliminated from the body. Drug Testing Methods Drug Testing Methods : There is a growing number of schools and businesses that are using hair tests instead of urine tests. If the method is hair testing, it is much more likely that a nonuser will test positive, especially if the test subject is a person of color. Just walking through a room where there is marijuana smoke could result in a positive hair test. Coarser hair absorbs and maintains the tell-tale signs much more than fine hair. Drug Testing Methods In conclusionYou can get help & you are not alone. : Trained counselors can respond to your questions just about every day of the week. A wonderful free service that can help you with some answers or walk you through when you and your teen are in crisis. In conclusionYou can get help & you are not alone. Cocaine Hotline Drug Action for Service Drug Action Service Genesis House Address: Winchester & Mt. Royal Ave. Nassau, The Bahamas Reference : Reference Denise D. Witmer has been a "professional parent" at the Masonic Children's Home in Elizabethtown, Pa. She worked in the adolescent buildings from May 1988 - September 1997 and again from May 2003 - to July 2006. She was very active in the teen development and Independent Living programs. http://parentingteens.about.com/od/tobaccouse/ht/teen_smoking.htm The Bahama Journal - Bahamas News Online Editionhttp://www.jonesbahamas.com/?c=45&a=15963 http://www.jonesbahamas.com/search/ 2009 Anglican Communications Department http://www.bahamas.anglican.org/drugs.php End Slide 33: Read: Signs in the Home Learn to Prevent Teen Drug Use How to Set the Rules: Teens and Drug Use 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Teen from Taking Drugs Top Books on Talking to Teens About Tough Issues Knowledge Is Power: Index of Drugs of Abuse What to Do If You Suspect Drug Use Drug Testing Methods FAQ: Where can a parent get help if their teen is using drugs? 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