10 Ways to Cope with an Addict in the Family
December 26, 2017
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• Say “NO thanks”
• Suggest other things to do instead
• Say “NO” repeatedly
• Mention dangerous side effects
• Change the subject
• Return the challenge (for instance: “What’s wrong? Scared to do it yourself?”)
• Reverse peer pressure (for instance: “Drugs are boring. I can’t believe you need to do that stuff.”)
• Base an excuse on an activity (for instance: “I can’t drink; I am training for football.”)
• Talk about reasons for opting to say ‘No’ with friends/peers and classmates.
• Hang around with non-users
• Ignore
• If the situation seems to be too overwhelming, just walk away.

“It’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them”
-Benjamin Franklin

Role of Parents and Teachers

The main reasons youth turn to drugs are:

• Peer Pressure
• Boredom
• Wanting to feel like an adult
• To escape problems
• Rebellion
• To feel good

What can be done about all these things?
What parents can do…

• Make home a positive place to be
• Encourage your child’s positive interests
• Let your child start to do adult things
• Monitor and guide their friendships
• Talk with your child about drugs
• Build your child’s self esteem

What teachers can do…

• Talk to students informally and openly
• Keep abreast of the problem of drug/alcohol abuse
• Discuss with students the ill effects of drug/alcohol abuse
• Get involved and keep yourself interested in your students’ interests and activities
• Encourage them to inform/share voluntarily any incidences of drug abuse
• Discuss issues related to adolescence with your students and suggest measures to handle them
• Help and guide students to examine their career options and facilitate to set realistic goals

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