Blog9 - Drugs in the schoolyard, a growing concern of parents everywhere!

Drugs in the schoolyard, a growing concern of parents everywhere!

School drug use

In a recent survey in America, it was found that around 17% of high school students use some form of substance during school hours.  Substances such as drugs, cigarettes and alcohol are consumed as well as kids selling prescription drugs meant for the treatment of various learning and mental health treatments.

Here are some reasons why a teen would try drugs

#1           Lack of reliable information about substances

Most teens succumb to substance abuse as they are not well informed on the various substances.  So, when a friend assures them there are minimal risks or that they take them without any problems most are going to shrug and give it a try.  Not realizing that their bodies could have a violent reaction to the substance.

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#2           Pressure at school and home life

In the world that is not only full of challenges but there is also a fight to get the best grades in order to get into top schools to earn those top jobs.  It is a lot of pressure on a teen to excel both in school and at home.  So, they turn to drugs to help them cope or just a few here and there to help them study.  Not realizing that even just those few have already put them on a dangerous path.

#3           The lack of self-confidence

Some teens are shy and awkward, substances tend to lower their inhibitions and allow them to step outside of their comfort zones.  This is made worse when they are being bullied or feel ignored and or shunned by the “cool” kids in the school.

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#4           Behavioral problems

For some teens, it is a pure act of rebellion.  Breaking into their parent’s liquor cabinet, creating trouble and stirring things up.  In a lot of cases, it is a cry for help as the teens continued acts of disruption are a sure way of pulling attention to him and or of punishing their parents.  Some teens will go the opposite way through and use substances such as marijuana to escape a bad environment and withdraw.

#5           Media

In one survey it showed that almost 45% of teens statements were about the music industry making the smoking of weed seem cool and some tv shows and movies make it seem so as well.  Then there is also the high press that celebrities get about their drug usage.

Conclusion

When our kids go to school it is supposed to be a place where they are safe but not only are schools becoming more and more like prisons due to having to have high security in some neighborhoods but now a parent has to worry about the selling of drugs on school premises as well.As a parent, we have to ask ourselves what are we going to do about it?

There are centers that can help you and your teen through addiction.

Blog3new - The dire effects of drug abuse on children!

The dire effects of drug abuse on children!

Parents who are addicted to drugs

Kids with parents who are drug addicts, especially those under the age of 12, can experience neglect, witness and experience traumatic events and come to feel unloved and neglected.  In kids that young these effects become lasting and ingrained into their sense of self which can severely affect their development physically and emotionally.

4 devastating and lasting effects parents with drug addictions have on their kids:

It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 5 children in the USA lives with a parent who has some form of substance abuse addiction.  Making these kids much more likely than those with normal lives susceptible to the following outcomes:

#1           Higher risk of addiction

The statistic for children living with a parent or parents who abuse substances is almost four times more likely to be more vulnerable to the substance than any other person.  Therefore drawing the dire conclusion that the child will most likely end up abusing the substance themselves.  Especially children whose mothers took drugs whilst pregnant with them.

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#2           Educational standards are a lot lower than average

Kids with a mother who took drugs whilst pregnant stand a higher chance of having memory, learning deficits as well as disorders such as hyperactivity and various other learning disorders.

#3           Greater risk of mental health issues and disorder

A study showed that fathers who abused drugs were more likely to have kids with severe mental health disorders especially those who suffered dire abuse at the hands of that parent.  Kids with a mother who abuses substances are also at a higher risk of mental health disorders such as ODD, ADHD, depression, stress-related disorders and anxiety

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#4           Erratic behavioral and emotional problems

Kids with a parent or parents with substance abuse issues tend to have more behavioral disorders and can become very defensive, abusive and can act out rather badly when away from home.  Or they can go the other way and become withdrawn some to such an extent they try to escape reality by creating worlds of their own and can become quite adept at lying and covering up their family situation.

Conclusion

If you suspect a child is being abused on any level it is always best to contact theChild Welfare Services.  Although no one likes a busybody who sticks their nose in other people’s business, but the fact of the matter is when it comes down to protecting the life of an innocent child that is caught up in the middle of something they neither understand, asked for and is no way their fault it is better to be that busybody than landing up on the grimmer side of that coin.