Youth! How sweet it sounds when I look back in time, the easy pace, no worries, no major decisions to be made. Youth is the time for experimentation and a search for identity.
But the transition from child to adolescence is a time of angst, emotional instability and hormones running rampant. Most emerge from adolescence without any problems and successfully navigate the changes that accompany adolescence yet some struggle and become prey or easy targets to their confusion.
Young & Restless – Ready to experiment
Children learn what they live. Smoking, drinking and other drug-related behaviours among parents will usually be duplicated in their children. Times have changed, trends are different but curiosity is still there, the rebellious nature of some could take the young and restless along the experimental path.
Well then, the question is to Drink or Not to Drink – Some parents seem to believe that under supervision alcohol consumption is safe. But the brain is still developing and consuming alcohol can cause damage to the brain.
A nationwide survey shows that almost all alcohol, cannabis and opium users are between the ages of eighteen and start as early as twelve. Alarming is the emerging trend about child abusers in the use of cocktail drugs also through injections and often using the same needle.
Smoking and drinking are widely promoted as habits enjoyed by sophisticated, fun-loving attractive people. Youngsters are impressionable and adolescents often want to be treated like adults. The frequent mantra being ‘I’m not a kid anymore’.
Preparing them for the urge to experiment
Some of the best ways to prepare our kids for their future is within the walls of their homes and communities. Parents are the primary role models and first teachers to their children while communities help fill in the gaps when parents can’t be there. Reality is that childhood does not last forever and adolescence is not a process that has an end date.
Teens don’t use alcohol or drugs with the intent of becoming addicted. Parents need to do everything possible to keep the doors of communication wide open so that tomorrow, next week or next year your child will know that he or she can talk to you, confide in you and ask questions about alcohol or drugs.
If your child is already abusing or experimenting with alcohol or drugs, don’t hesitate to seek help.
Make that call today, because tomorrow may just be too late.
You can call to discuss your concerns, questions and queries with us at +91-124-4569456 or drop in for a quick cup of coffee and conversation with our counsellors at 7 Nathupur Road, Ground Floor, Near Neelkanth Hospital, DLF Phase III, Gurugram