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Ways Teens Can Say No to Drugs and Alcohol

No parent wants to think that their pre-teen or teenager may be confronted with alcohol or drugs, but the truth is your child will likely be asked by a friend or acquaintance at some point to try drugs or alcohol. To help keep your child safe and away from drug and alcohol use, the best thing a parent can do is speak to their kids about drugs and alcohol, and equip them with ways to say ‘no’.

When discussing drug and alcohol use with your kids, create a comfortable atmosphere where they feel they can be just as much a part of the conversation. Do your research on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, so you have correct information if your child asks you a question. During your conversation, be sure to actively listen to your child, as they may be trying to tell you something that’s already going on.

Once you’ve become comfortable speaking with your child about drug and alcohol use, begin to teach them ways to say ‘no’ to the substances. Even if they are never put in a situation where they are being pressured to try drugs or alcohol, it’s best that they are prepared and not caught off guard. To help you teach your pre-teen or teenager to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol, Treatment Alternatives’ drug rehab center in Massachusetts has compiled a list of things they can say to get them out of uncomfortable situations and away from drugs and alcohol.

Teens can give an excuse:

1. “Oh, no thanks. It makes me sick.” By saying this your teen’s friends will likely leave them alone and move on to peer pressure someone else.

2. “I forgot I have to go help my Mom do something.” Your child will be able to quickly remove themselves from a dangerous situation by saying this.

3. “Do you want me to get in trouble?” When your child says this, it puts pressure back the person offering drugs or alcohol, and can help them realize the kind of friend they’re being to your teen.

4. “I have plans later, so I don’t want to be messed up.”

Teens can give their honest answer:

1. “I don’t want to.” Encourage your child to stand up for themselves when it comes to drugs and alcohol, and to not do something they don’t want to do.

2. “I would get suspended from school, and not be able to….” Your child can be honest and say they will be benched from a sports team or kicked out of an organization if they use drugs or alcohol.

3. “I’ve got so much going for me, I don’t want to screw it up.” Your teen can expresses how many things can be accomplished without drugs and alcohol, and how using these substances can take that away.

Teens can educate their peers:

1. “Do you know how bad that stuff is?” Because you have given your child information on the side effects of drug and alcohol use, your teen will be able to relay this information to friends.

2. “I heard about a kid that was doing that and he died.” Inform your teen of current events that relate to teens and drug or alcohol abuse. They will then be able to take these new stories and use them to protect themselves against peer pressure, as well as make their friends second-guess using it themselves.

If you need information on how to talk to your kids about drugs or alcohol, or are seeking an addiction center for your teen, contact Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts today.

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