If your child keeps getting into trouble with drugs and alcohol, you may worry about his or her future. You may also have concerns about how this behavior will affect their academic career.
Even though juvenile substance abuse is common (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 12- to 20-year-olds drink approximately 10% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S.), the effects can be long-lasting. The following steps can help you take action as a parent and lay a foundation for more positive outcomes.
When you confront your child about their issues with drugs and alcohol, expect them to be angry and even deny presented evidence. Stay calm during this conversation and reassure your child that your concerns stem from love.
Establish clear rules
Before you talk to your child about him or her getting into trouble because of drugs and alcohol, know which rules and consequences you want to establish. As your child provides feedback on these rules, listen to what they have to say.
Introduce treatment options
Trouble with alcohol and drugs as a juvenile can occur because of a substance abuse problem or addition. This extends into the college experience. Let your child know that different treatment programs exist that can help him or her move forward.
The consequences of drug and alcohol use as a juvenile or young adult can be difficult to face. Let your child know that no matter what you are there to help him or her as you move forward together.