Our kids are growing up so fast these days. With technology at their fingertips, no information is off-limits. All they need is curiosity and an internet connection. But as we all know the online world isn’t always the best place to obtain knowledge. That’s why it’s still crucial to sit down with your children and talk about addiction. The conversation doesn’t have to be frank, or loaded, or come after they’ve returned home after a night of partying.
It has to come from a place of love, and understanding that kids are kids, they are incredibly curious about the outside world, and no demographic is more susceptible to peer pressure than they are. They are young and impressionable, and aren’t known for thinking decisions through in thoughtful ways full of internal discourse. But you can equip them with information and knowledge, you can tell them what is acceptable and what is not. But as with any maternal or paternal figure, you do also have to let them fly from the nest, even if there is a chance of them falling. No parent can provide a guarantee that their son or daughter will not fall to the disease of drug and or alcohol addiction. Like any lesson in life, it’s about providing honest, practical knowledge – an understanding of the consequences – and addiction is no different. So parents, have an open conservation. Have an honest conversation. Inform your sons and daughters about the disease of addiction. Most importantly, let them talk to.