How Do You Prevent Drug Abuse Among Adolescent Girls?
Adolescent drug abuse with teen girls will have serious long-term effects. If the drug or alcohol problem is not treated immediately, it does tend to progress well into adulthood. A teen often uses drugs because of family history with drug abuse. Impulsive or risk-taking behavior, or a history of abuse, neglect, or traumatic events. Much of these problems start at home with the environment the teen is growing up in. Many teens struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of social rejection. Because of drug abuse, there are numerous consequences, some of which could be life-altering.
Parents need to talk to their adolescent girls about drugs and alcohol. This could be multiple conversations happening over a period of time. You must be prepared to answer questions, provide information, visuals, and knowledge they can understand and retain. Ask what their view is about drugs, and try not to lecture. This is all about proper communication. Discuss the reasons not to use drugs or alcohol. Also, discuss ways to resist peer pressure, and be open to discuss your own drug use. Parents should also be aware of their teen's activities, and what they are doing daily. Every household should have rules and consequences. You should certainly know who your teen's friends and who they hang out with. More important, keep all prescription drugs and medications out of reach and locked up. Finally, set a good example, and always be supportive. Children learn by what they see, and they see their parents drinking in excess, they will believe that to be ok.