9 Tips for Talking to Your Teens About Alcohol Addiction
January 14, 2019
Sitting for a conversation with your teens about drug and alcohol abuse can be tough, but seeing them struggle with addiction themselves is even tougher. Courtesy of Beacon Point Recovery Center, your source for residential inpatient treatment in Philadelphia County, take a look at this list before you have the talk with your kids.
- Plan ahead of time. Don’t begin an important conversation without planning if you can help it — think about what you’re going to say.
- Be honest. Your kids will always know if you’re holding something back. Be upfront and honest.
- Have a conversation. Your teen will be much more open to having a conversation than getting a lecture.
- Talk about risks. It’s critical to give your teen the raw truth about how harmful underage drinking is. Plan ahead, research the facts, and share with your teen what kinds of trouble he or she can get into from drinking.
- Discuss pressure. Your teen doesn’t need to drink to fit in. Prepare him or her with methods to combat peer pressure.
- Encourage your teenager to be open. Allow your teen to feel comfortable telling you if he or she has already been drinking with peers. You might be afraid to hear it, but knowing is better than being in the dark.
- Stay calm. It may happen that during your conversation you will hear things that make you angry or upset. Perhaps your teenager has already taken some serious risks. Resist any urge to yell or punish them. Instead, tell your teen that you appreciate their honesty and then talk about why their decisions were dangerous.
- Tell your teenager how you feel. You should stay calm if your teen opens up about their past drinking, but you shouldn’t be emotionless, either. Tell them how their risky behavior makes you feel, that it frightens you for instance. He or she needs to know that their choices affect other people, not just themselves.
- Set expectations. Don’t forget to set expectations and rules. Tell your teenager that you will not tolerate any drinking, and be sure to list the consequences. In addition to open conversation, your teen needs boundaries and rules.
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