Friday, December 12, 2008

What is Drug Abuse?

To put it simply, drug abuse means a person uses a controlled drug or chemical substance not for its medical or usual benefits but for other "sensations" that it happens to induce. Acquired "sensations" from abuse of drugs are excitement, happiness and delusions of power.

As the user prolongs the abuse, he would be needing increasingly larger doses of such chemical to get the desired effect. This will result to damage of his various body organs, hallucinations and other mental disturbances.

I am sharing this article with parents whose child has developed addiction to certain drugs. Be alarmed if your socially active child who is obedient, affectionate, caring, responsible, observes proper personal hygiene, tidy and orderly with his personal belongings, loves food and not on a diet but has suddenly exhibited the following changes:
1. Persistent poor appetite

2. Loss of weight
3. Untidy
4. Lacks personal hygiene

5. Slurred speech
6. Bloodshot eyes

7. Moody

8. Long absences from home

9. Unexplained desire to be alone

10.Avoids friends or family members

11.Failing grades
12. Poor concentration

13. Loss of interest in studies
14. Hiding suspicious tablets or

capsules found in his bedroom
among his possessions.

Studies have shown that the common causes
of drug abuse in children are:

1. Curiosity
2. Peer pressure
3. Frustrations at home or school
4. Low self-esteem
5. Smoking or drinking alcohol leading to
a move to something stronger

How can you help your child?

1. Talk to your child. Explain openly what drug abuse is in the event that he is not fully aware on the bad effects of what he is doing.
2. Spend time with your child. Try all means to find out about his personal problems.
Make him feel you are there for him no matter what.
3. Set a good example. Do not smoke or drink in front of your kid/kids.
4. Encourage him to do something worthwhile like reading, pa
inting, sports and other healthy outdoor activities.
5. Help him develop self-confidence by guiding his personal judgments about his strengths and weaknesses. Focus on his positive behavior and help him reform his negative side.

Time and love are important elements of good parenting. Your child needs you more than anything else. Please do not use material things to make up for your absence. What your child needs is love and understanding.

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