In a recent survey of 2000 students conducted by the University of Wyoming Alcohol Wellness Alternative, Research and Education program, nearly 70 percent indicated that their parent’s concern about drug use and addiction had a significant impact on whether they used drugs or not.

The survey results also suggested that the way parents respond to their children’s drug problem was a factor in how successful the child was in overcoming drug use. When parents openly talk to their adolescents about the risks involved in drug use and are not afraid to answer questions, the teens are less likely to experiment with drugs. Parents, who have a strong and positive relationship with their children were able to influence them to stay away from situations that could lead them to potential drug use.

Parents, who set understandable and reasonable expectations of their children, while encouraging an equal amount of academic and social activities, while leading by example; built stronger relationships with their children. However, if your child sees you engaging in excessive drug use, there is some possibility they may end up using drugs at some point in their life.  In these cases, the children were comfortable going to their parents should they have a question or problem involving drugs.

The University of Georgia Health Center further suggests that parents who believe their children are using drugs, need to have an open, non confrontational discussion. Some parents however deny that their child has a drug problem, even in the face of blatant proof. It is important to note that this it is okay for parents to provide financial and emotional support but to not make excuses or cover up for their child’s drug use. That mentality will not help the child take responsibility for their choices and behaviors.

If your child is using drugs, be prepared for them to react in a manner that is unusual such as being secretive, withdrawn, angry or deny a problem exists if confronted. A child’s denial may be simply that they don’t want you to know, but could also be that they feel guilt, shame and failure. Parents should voice their concerns to their child regarding their health and well being and try to discuss the drug use without being accusatory or judgmental. Encouraging their child to talk to someone about the drug use is a step in the right direction to helping them get better.

Finding a program that can help your child overcome their drug use and get their life back on track, while allowing the parents to offer support and encouragement is important. Although drug rehab is a popular choice, there is a significant lack of effective programs and they possible should be avoided at all cost. Parents should have a concern regarding drug rehab, because the methods used will tell your child they are addicted and diseased. While your child may use occasional pot as teen, often times they are introduced to harder drugs while in rehab. While a parent has a right to be concerned about their teens drug use, rehab will only leave your teen feeling like a victim, when they should be owning up to using drugs, as it is a choice to begin, stop or continue to use.

 St. Jude Retreats can help your teen learn to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and enriching. Not only does the program help your teen learn productive behaviors, but it will teach you’re them important life lessons such as dedication, motivation, self discipline and responsibility. It’s never too late for your teen to change, so give them a chance of a happy future without endless rehab.