Raising children who are addicted to drugs or alcohol

Today's children get exposed to many substances that could be harmful to their young lives like drugs and alcohol.

Because of today’s hectic life schedules, parents only find out at a later stage that they are raising children who are using drugs.

With increasing reports of nyaope usage among teenagers, CapeTalk/702’s Redi Tlhabi and Dr Helgo Schomer explore how to raise children who are on drugs.

Listen to the conversation below:

Dr Schomer says peer pressure is the biggest driver of children using drugs. He says their aim is to be accepted and be part of the group.

He adds that parents should get involved in their children’s lives and become aware of their whereabouts.

The availability of drugs is huge, the peer pressure is incredible. Young people have this nebulous idea that ‘it can’t happen to me’

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Here are some suggestions to help parents who find they are raising children addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Express your concern in a healthy way
  • Be involved in your children’s lives
  • Build your children’s confidence and self-esteem throughout
  • Have open channels of communication with your children
  • Know your children’s interest and aspirations
  • Be a supportive parent
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