Some approaches parents use when talking to teens about drugs can backfire

Updated: Mar. 26, 2019 at 5:17 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - When it comes to talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, experts say taking the wrong approach can backfire.

Research shows that, unfortunately, parents often mess this up. In an attempt to keep their kids off drugs, they usually exaggerate dangers or use scare tactics.

Experts say that sometimes parents will ignore the first incident shrugging it off as ‘oh they’re just kids’ or they will take the ‘friend approach’.

A mistake parents also make when catching a teen in the act is having that discussion when they are drunk or high and some will even grow angry turning the conversation into a heated argument.

Clay Hammac with Compact 2020 says that these are not the best approaches - in fact, the best way to handle this conversation is actually much easier.

“Just be honest with your teen about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Try not to lean so much consequences on the criminal justice side but more so the health consequences that drugs and alcohol can have,” Hammac explains.

Also, a lot of people try to hide any family history of drug abuse. Instead, you should make sure you share that with your children because it shows why they might need to be extra careful.

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