While the rest of this book is directed at you, here are some suggestions written for parents who want to discuss drugs with you. Don’t forget, though – they may have a reason for the discussion that has nothing to do with you or any suspicions about your behaviour.
On the other hand, if you want to bring up the topic yourself, it may be a good idea to get your parents to read this section first!
When talking about drugs, and you feel in danger of losing control due to anger or suspicion, try and remember:
- If your child is discussing drugs with you, it’s possible he or she is at a stage in life when they want to make their own decisions
- As a parent, your job now is to offer understanding, acceptance, support and unconditional love
- The level of trust and how your respect his or her privacy will largely determine if and how your child will approach you
- Provide advice and opinions when asked, but try not to lecture
- Establish and stick to reasonable, realistic rules