Early Signs Of Risk That May Predict Later Drug Abuse

Some signs of risk can be seen as early as infancy or early childhood, such as aggressive behavior, lack of self-control, or difficult temperament. As the child gets older, interactions with family, at school, and within the community can affect that child’s risk for later drug abuse.
Children’s earliest interactions occur in the family; sometimes family situations heighten a child’s risk for later drug abuse, for example, when there is:

  • a lack of attachment and nurturing by parents or caregivers;
    ineffective parenting; and
  • a caregiver who abuses drugs

But families can provide protection from later drug abuse when there is:

  • a strong bond between children and parents;
  • parental involvement in the child’s life; and
  • clear limits and consistent enforcement of discipline

Interactions outside the family can involve risks for both children and adolescents, such as: poor classroom behavior or social skills; academic failure; and association with drug-abusing peers.
Association with drug-abusing peers is often the most immediate risk for exposing adolescents to drug abuse and delinquent behavior.
Other factors—such as drug availability, trafficking patterns and beliefs that drug abuse is generally tolerated—are risks that can influence young people to start abusing drugs.


Anonymous said…
if i discuss drugs with my son he will be more at risk of using drugs. what do you say?
Mostly parents don't like discussung such issues with their children thinking that it will be having a bad effect on their children. Not knowing that children get to know a lot about so many different things through media and their friends. Today's youth is at high risk of using drugs. so it's batter to have an open discussion with your children.

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