We are living in a society today where 1 out of every 2 teens is trying drugs, and 2 out of 10 are using them on a regular basis. You, as parents, risk the chance of your teenager getting behind the wheel of a car, loaded or high, and it is you who are responsible for the damage your children do. Are you ready to assume the responsibility for the damage your child can do with the family car?
More importantly, do you want to shut your eyes to the possible damage your children can do to themselves? Drugs affect the learning, the physical growth, and the motivation of our children. It is unacceptable to stand by and watch our kids destroy their health, their bodies, and their future by using drugs, because they are our future.
The pattern we set for them today is the example they will carry over into the next generation.
You do have an alternative. And that alternative involves taking the parental responsibility you assumed when your child was born. Your responsibility is to recognize and to demonstrate that drug and alcohol use is not going to be tolerated, and that you care. You can do something very simple to get control. That something is to do drug testing along with a program of education.
The education consists of an explanation of what drugs do and why they are harmful. The education also consists of your Family Pledge to show that you, the parent, care.
You must understand that drug testing is not done in an attempt to "bust" your child in the act of doing something wrong. This is a health matter, and you must treat it as such. The presence of a regular drug testing schedule will actually discourage adolescents from taking a risk that they may otherwise seize in a moment of weakness.
Many parents may be surprised to learn that their children not only need limits, but also crave limits on their behavior. In addition, children often use the fact that they are being tested for drugs as a good excuse as to why they don’t "experiment" with drugs. When dealing with their peers, this is a relief for the child, as it saves face in difficult situations.
Most parents want to be responsible about protecting their children from drugs, but they don’t know how to do so without damaging their relationship with them. In addition, they are worried about what to do should their worst fears become real. They can’t imagine dealing with a child who is using drugs and refuses to quit. Our program deals and confronts these issues head-on, answering your questions and more.
It may be tempting to employ wishful thinking and just hope this critical phase passes without ever coming to your attention. But the truth is, wishful thinking cannot keep a child safe from drugs, and it cannot absolve a parent from the responsibility of providing a drug-free adolescence for their children. The time is now. It is time to take control!