Parents, it can be very hard to keep your children, both young and old, from falling into substance abuse. On the following pages we will give you some ideas as to why they might use drugs, the risk factors involved and other important information that will help you make a decision on a course of treatment.
WHY DO CHILDREN CHOOSE TO USE DRUGS?
Children care a lot about what other children think. Sometimes the desire to be popular or "cool" can lead children to do things that are dangerous. When children try to make other children do something they shouldn't like use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, it's called negative peer pressure. Peer pressure can be positive too. Positive peer pressure is when children encourage each other to do things that are good for them, such as joining school clubs, studying for tests, or learning good ways to say "no" to negative peer pressure.
WILL MY CHILD USE DRUGS?
The following points describes traits shared by children who are good at saying no to negative peer pressure. Check off all that apply to your children. Work on any that you call check off at this time so that You improve your children, chances of resisting negative peer pressure.