How do I tell my kids to say NO to drugs?
Giving advice to teenagers at any time is hard enough but when it comes to drugs and alcohol; the gloves must come off, sooner rather than later.
It’s hard to get their attention and certainly doesn’t do your stress levels any good. Sometimes miracles can occur and they will actually stand still long enough to listen to what you have to say.
Kids need to look after their brain – it’s the only one they’ve got. There are different ways to say “no” to drugs at a party without feeling like a spineless wonder. It all depends on who they are with and how much peer pressure they’re under.
I often advise kids to walk away – go to the bathroom, just get away from whoever is pushing it in their face. Stick with friends they know and trust.
They can use some short, memorized answers when pressed to participate. Education is paramount from a very early age. No point in shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. Don’t just pull your children aside once and leave it at that. Talking about substance abuse should be looked upon as part of their education in all aspects of growing up.
The most crucial stage of the secondary evolution of the brain is still being acted out right into their late teens and early 20s. Tamper with a developing brain by using drugs and you will end up with a dead brain. Here are some quick one-liners a kid can use when confronted with someone trying to push their buttons. Give your kids this to read and they may come up with some brilliant one-liners of their own.
- No thanks, I’m driving
- I’d rather not – I want to use my brain tomorrow
- Don’t need that stuff – I get high on the music
- Nup, I’m snorting toilet bowl cleaner at the moment and I’d rather not mix my poisons
- No way, last time I touched that stuff I went home and tidied my room, mowed the lawns, washed the car………. It was really scary, man
- I’m on pretty heavy medication for schizophrenia, so I’ll decline – thanks all the same
- No, my doc has told me it will fry my brain and I need my brain to keep learning
- What, what’s that? Where? Oh, I see, that stuff – nup, had enough already tonight – end of story
- Sorry man, don’t do drugs – take it away
- Sorry, I don't ever touch anything I haven’t grown, mixed, distilled or stolen myself.
- The last time I did this it turned out to be horse shit and the vet was going to put me down.
- Oh boy. I’m taking a risk here. My short-term memory is pretty bad as it is…… I’m sorry, what were you offering me again?
- What, you want money for that shit?
- Nup, don’t do that crap – give it to your sister?
- Have you got anything else that won’t make me projectile-vomit it back in your face?
- I can’t. I’m an undercover cop. I’ll have one when I get home – when I’m off duty
- I’ll pass. I have enough trouble getting erections as it is
- No thanks, my I.Q. is dangerously low already
- My parole officer wouldn’t approve – thanks but no thanks.
- Call me mad or insane but I’m strictly a hot-milk-and-cocoa guy
- No thanks, think I’ll wait until my brain matures enough to handle that stuff
Chemical vandalism of the maturation process drastically reduces the 10,000 potential connections that your 100 billion neurons are capable of making. The less connection you make, the less of the essential “you” there is. You have everything to lose and nothing to gain by becoming a diminished version of what you could have been. Teenagers and drugs have never been a good combination.
I can remember reading a story in an old Reader’s Digest book many generations ago and a parent was complaining about their teenage son coming home drunk night after night. It was an extract from an ancient Sanskrit unearthed in the ruins of Pompeii.
The point is, if you don’t want to take drugs you don’t have to explain or justify your actions to anyone. Giving long rambling excuses broadens the seller’s horizon. Cutting him short with a short response is the best way to avoid conflict. I know kids who role-play their answers with friends or family. The more they have confidence in saying “no” the safer they are in that type of environment.
We have a tsunami of methamphetamines flooding the market with Ice the drug of choice at teenage gatherings. It’s cheap and readily available. Generations ago, dope was the “fun drug” but today, we have no idea where Ice is going to lead us. Teenagers need to learn from a very early age, to say “no” to drugs. Don’t wait until they reach puberty as by then, it could be too late.
As a parent, you need to look after your emotional, mental and physical well-being to survive those teenage years. In the meantime, I would suggest helping yourself cope with the rigors of living with teenagers by supplementing your diet with an amino acid and a natural relaxant to help you sleep at night.
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Sleep Eze is another useful sleep enhancer and I use it myself. Melatonin is best taken at night when the pineal gland is meant to secrete its own melatonin to promote a natural restful sleep and awake refreshed in the morning without that “sleeping tablet hangover”. I like it because it is not addictive.
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If you support the function of your adrenal glands, you have more chance of coping with the everyday pressures of life. Many people suffer with morning fatigue and depression due to sluggish function of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are 2 small glands that are situated just above the kidneys and when they are working efficiently, they produce extra surges of energizing hormones such as cortisol, adrenalin and DHEA to help you face the challenges of the new day. In other words, the adrenal gland hormones increase your resistance to stress and provide the drive and energy to succeed.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.