How Do You Keep Teens from Using Meth?
In Alberta alone, there is an estimated 100,000 people who have used methamphetamine at some point. Out of this, there is a high percentage of those who are now addicted to the drug. While the numbers are not accurate, as many people will not admit to using, and do not get treatment, it can be stated that methamphetamine use, and abuse, has invaded a large part of the population.
Out of this number, there are a large number of teenagers, and young adults, that are abusing this readily available drug. In fact, a majority of the users are between the ages of 15 and 24. Many families around the province have felt firsthand the destruction that methamphetamine abuse can cause. Strained relationships, sons and daughters who have been jailed, and even having to cope with the death of a child, are all a part of what living with methamphetamine brings to a family. Keeping children from using methamphetamine should be a high priority of families.
Keeping a child from using methamphetamine is getting much harder today than it was ten years ago. The pervasive nature of the drug, especially in small rural towns, is quickly becoming an epidemic. One of the most powerful ways to keep teens from using drugs of any kind is for parents to have heavy involvement in their lives. Taking the time to talk about meth, about what is going on in their lives, and being available at any time will help give teens a strong foundation. Many times teenagers begin using meth because they do not feel like they are loved at home and want to fit in with their friends.
Peer pressure is a big influence in the way that teenagers make decisions. When parents are not involved in their teen's lives, they are not influencing them. The friends are. Sometimes these friends to not have good intentions.
If the teenager does fall into the addictive habits of methamphetamine, there are still things that can be done to make sure it does not get any worse. Knowing the symptoms of meth use will help parents to intervene and start treatment immediately. Some of the symptoms include anxiety, increased energy, not being able to sleep, not eating, and stomach aches when it wears off.
Immediate treatment for meth addiction in Alberta is another way to prevent teenagers from falling deeper into an addiction. Once the symptoms are noticed, immediate action should be taken. The child must be removed from the environment that they are currently in where the drug is easily attained. After, this then therapy, and even inpatient care is needed to combat the withdrawals from the drug. At times, the withdrawals can be severe if the abuse has been for six months or more.
When a teenager has an addiction to methamphetamine, it is important not to dislike the person. Often times, this is the first reaction. While swift action must be taken, it should not be done with hate or malice. This can hurt the addict even more and make recovery much harder, and even unsuccessful.