“Young adults (age 18 to 25) are the biggest abusers of prescription (Rx) opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. They do it for all kinds of reasons, including to get high or because they think Rx stimulants will help them study better. But Rx abuse is dangerous. In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses—more than died from overdoses of any other drug, including heroin and cocaine combined—and many more needed emergency treatment.”
At Ideal Option we understand that parents strive to find the best ways to raise their children. We want them to live healthy, and happy lives. It is our job as parents to product them, right?
Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. And it all starts with positive communication.
The Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon came up with five questions highlighting parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among our youth:
- Are you able to communicate calmly and clearly with your teenager regarding relationship problems?
- Do you encourage positive behaviors in your teenager on a daily basis?
- Are you able to negotiate emotional conflicts with your teenager and work toward a solution?
- Are you able to calmly set limits when your teenager is defiant or disrespectful? Are you able to set limits on more serious problem behavior such as drug use, if or when it occurs?
- Do you monitor your teenager to assure that he or she does not spend too much unsupervised time with peers?
For more insight on this topic, visit the NIDA website and read the article: Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
For each of the above questions they have a video clip showing positive and negative examples of the skill being discussed. There are also additional videos and information provided to help you practice positive parenting skills.