Drug abuse prevention is important year-round but the holiday season presents special consideration. While the holidays are most touted for feel-good times with family and friends, they are also a period of increased stress and increased free time for teens off from school which can lead to such gateways or opportunities for drug abuse as boredom and minimal adult supervision. Use these drug abuse prevention tips to help your teen pass through the holiday season safely away from the perils of drugs.
Stress is a major trigger for substance use. Help your teen spend the holiday season at home as comfortable as possible with a healthy family environment.
The temptation of idle time can be significant for teens staying home for school for a period of several weeks. Help your teen plan plenty of activities to do to stay active and to stay out of trouble. Plan fun things to do such as visits to local holiday fairs, visits to close family and friends and signing up for enjoyable extracurricular activities.
A teen alone at home can easily become bored or easily begin to get curious about how to spend their time outside of adult supervision. Do your best with your spouse and the rest of your family to reduce the amount of time your teen will be home alone this holiday season as a measure of drug abuse prevention.
The holidays can be an incredibly sad time for many people. The season emphasizing joy and happiness all around can serve to be a stark contrast and reminder of just how unhappy someone who is sad or depressed really is.
Ask your child what could brighten up their holiday season. Could it be more quality time spent with the family? Could it be a short weekend outside of the hustle and bustle of the city? Plan the holiday as a family.
The symptoms of depression can be severely amplified this time of year. If you believe your teen may be depressed, send him to a local mental health center for a depression screening. There are many effective depression treatment options available. Be aware that too often, clients of untreated depression attempt to self-medicate themselves by way of abusing alcohol or drugs.
Mind the holiday parties your teen is permitted to attend. Watch out for parties that may be high risk and present opportunities for your child to use drugs.
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