Do you think your kids may be abusing drugs? Do you know what signs to look for? This week’s episode will help you to learn basic signs and symptoms of drug abuse. We have a great interview with the hottest law enforcement officer around. My hubs.
Everyone’s lives have been touched by drugs in some way, whether you have been a victim of a property crime, or maybe you have a relative who have become addicted to drugs. This is no different for kids in foster care, where it has been cited that 32% of kids are in foster care due to their parents’ drug abuse issues.
You can find some documentaries on Netflix, you can just GOOGLE it, or read books on drugs and how to know what to look for. Arm yourselves! Educate yourselves! And above all – talk talk talk to your kids, know your kids well, build up a trusting and open relationship with your children.
If you do find out that your child is abusing drugs – there is always help and hope! Find a rehabilitation center, a hospital, a church, or center that can help you walk through this journey.
Talk to your kids. Talk about how damaging drugs are on their body and lives. If they are old enough, take them to a Soup Kitchen (click here to find one near you) and serve food to the homeless. Much of the homeless population is affected by drug abuse.
Set up ‘safe words/phrases’ that they can use to call you in an emergency. They don’t want to look ‘uncool’ in front of their friends, but they also may not be comfortable staying in a situation where people are abusing drugs or alcohol. Make sure they know it is always safe to call you at any time, and that you will happily pick them up at any time to get them out of a dangerous situation.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
Drugs are no joke! We have definitely seen its impact on friends and family, and in the lives of our foster kids’. None of us are immune from falling into addiction. Don’t be ignorant to the fact that drugs are readily available to your kids! Even if you are doing your best to provide a safe and loving Christian home. I shared that my youth pastor, who was a pastor’s kid, was a drug dealer at the tender age of 12!
If you have any other questions regarding potential drug abuse, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Yes, this is such a lame and unofficial email address, but we have had this for 13 years!)
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