drug useThe executives and staff of Narconon centers in the United States are encouraging open communication as a strong foundation for preventing summer drug experimentation and use. Decades of very successful delivery of Narconon drug prevention education presentations to children and youth has shown conclusively that when young people understand the basic facts and truth about drugs, they are able to use better judgment and make sound decisions when faced with drugs and drug use.

Summer Drug Use

The summer months are a time of year when there is increased drug and alcohol use, especially amongst teenagers.  A combination of more freedom with less supervision, more free time, the likelihood of more parties, and outdoor summertime activities that lend themselves to alcohol consumption or drug use for a “good time”, all become factors contributing to summer drug use.

Both Narconon Arrowhead, an Oklahoma-based long-term drug rehabilitation center, and Narconon Freedom Center, a Michigan-based long-term drug rehabilitation center, have extensive experience in educating children, youth and adults as to the facts, dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol use as well as successfully rehabilitating those individuals who have already fallen into the trap of substance abuse.

Based on their experience and knowledge, both centers are offering tips and advices for preventing summer drug use, helping to ensure teens and their friends and families have a fun-filled summer safe from drug and alcohol abuse.

For Parents

Very simply, it is vital for you to tell your sons and daughters that you do not want them to use drugs.   You are important in their lives, and you are listened to.

Sit down and talk with your children and teenagers about drug and alcohol use.  Explain what drugs are and how they affect the mind and body.  Let them know that drug use can rob a person of the health, their wellbeing, and their future.

Be an active part of your children’s lives.  Give them your full attention when you are spending time together, and make sure they know you care about them.

Pay attention to the lives of your children and teens, including where they spend their time, who they spend their time with, and what activities they are engaged in.  By doing so, it helps you to protect them, lessening the opportunities and chances for them to get involved in drugs and drug use.

Make sure there are clearly set rules in your family, and that these are enforced fairly. It is a necessary part of life to learn to work together as a group or a team by following agreed-upon rules and adhering to an agreed-upon code of conduct.

It is important for you, as an adult and a parent, to set a good example for both your younger children and your teenagers. They look to you for guidance, and how you conduct yourself in dealing with others and meeting the  challenges life presents influences them greatly.

Teach your children and teenagers how to actually refuse drugs in real life.  It would be wise to practice different probable situations, teaching them how to effectively deal with those situations by knowing what to say, and what to do.  Ultimately, they must know how to say no.

Keep your home safe.  If you have prescription medications or alcohol in your own home, it should be safely secured and not accessible to your children or teens.

Parting Words of Advice

When a person learns and knows the truth about drugs, he or she can make the right decision—the decision not to use.

As a parent or a trusted adult friend, you can help your children, your teens, your family and others by sharing with them the truth about drugs and drug use.  You can do your part to help others lead a drug-free life.

Parents are welcome to contact Narconon Arrowhead for drug education materials or for information on the truth about drugs.




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