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Fight against drug and alcohol addiction

How to Manage Behaviours: Drug/alcohol.

You can't control your teenager in case of drug abuse, but you can regain your parenting authority to guide your teenager through preventive measures and communication strategy - how to plan and coordinate.

Promote respectful communication that allows teenagers to make the best possible choices in their life, including consumption choices!

This means that parents will use their authority where they can instead of trying to control or put abrupt restrictions on consumption of drugs or alcohol without clear explanation as to why.

Role games: occupies a growing place in the lives of some adolescents. These games allow the young player to navigate a virtual world with other players by shaping an idealized, all-powerful character that evolves within a community of diverse characters all as virtual.

These games allow teenagers to create and develop close ties with members of his clan, in addition to building a new identity. Thus, we can think that certain desires of the adolescent, such as the authority chill and feeling, social recognition and belonging, having friends can be met through these virtual realities.

Many teens are tempted without knowing why. On the other hand, those who refuse always know why: because they have projects, that they care about their good health, that they do sports competitions, that they want to register in accompanied driving, that they do not want to spend years in prison, etc.


The effect of alcohol or drug use on your teenager is not without risk.

In most cases, users realize this very late, sometimes even too late.

Depending on the quantity consumed and the physical condition of the individual, alcohol can cause:

-Drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhoea, Stomach upset, speech disorders, unconsciousness
-Headache, breathing difficulties, distorted vision and hearing
-Distorted Judgment, decreased perception and coordination
-Anaemia (decreased red blood cells), Coma, a hangover,
-Poor sleep, risk of rape and crime
-Blackouts (blackouts where the consumer cannot remember events that occurred under the influence of the Product)

Teenage orientation and counselling programes

A Prohibition of the sale of alcohol after midnight or to minors.

At the festivals, young volunteers go to meet the party-goers to talk about the risks of alcohol abuse. They distribute ethyl tests to young people.

Let's party, "but let's do it right" prevention is better than cure or punishment, "it allows a" awareness "of young people having seen what is happening to their peers, they become or see themselves as responsible. "Students tell us that tightrope has made them think."

Show yourself open to dialogue, use your parental authority even if you are afraid or worried of your children.

A Try to understand the reasons for the teenager’s consumption of drugs/alcohol and fight against his /her loneliness or find the cause of ill-being through creative and constructive leisure activities

Take your teenager to a health care professional, even out of your presence and encourage your teen to participate in rehabilitation classes and to explain clearly the dangers of drug abuse.

A Have fun, listing the good reasons why drug/alcohol is not good for your teens and they should not touch it, as a family is educational!

Always show a good example to your teens and avoid them from getting into risky situations, bad attendance and so on.

Parents' behaviour (and not only in the face of drugs, in the face of alcohol as well), matters a lot. So, no question of boasting of having tried everything before your teens but well explain the troubles that this had caused you.

Alert your teen against all forms of drugs and outcome

You can find everything, everywhere and therefore your teenager must be cautious of the first cigarette, as the first dose, the first seal. The first time is always free, always offered by someone who looks super nice and that's the trap!
-It is also an opportunity to remind teens that there is no soft drug and that natural does not mean harmless!
-Reminding your teen that you are there to listen to him/her: The role of the parents is not to interfere with everything but to assure that you are present in your children’s life  if he/she wishes to

disclose that he has a friend who is taking drugs.
-It is better to talk about it regularly and naturally - for example, when a news item involving a

motorist in the grip of narcotics - without waiting for your teenager to be involved: this makes this topic easier to deal with.
-Remind him of the risks from a judicial point of view: In a society where drugs are commoditized and disposed to the public a little reminder of the law makes it possible to better appreciate the gravity of the subject

Cyber addiction : As a parent, should we care ?

  For some parents, this reality is worrying and sometimes a real hell. Although this activity is widespread, especially among young boys, some of them will find compensatory responses to their personal, family, and social adaptation difficulties.

  In addition, some teens get bogged down, sinking in the online games to the point of developing an adaptation problem. Some factors that can lead a teenager to develop such an addiction : the possibility of filling an identificatory void, a way to escape, the quest for an ideal world, the acquisition of power/authority, the anonymity and accessibility of technology and immediate pleasure.

How to prevent online gambling problems

Of all the answers to this question, prevention at a young age seems to be the most promising.

 Despite this, it is essential as a parent to rely on supervision, allowing the adolescent a certain autonomy, while ensuring time limits and accessibility to the computer. An iron hand in a velvet glove.

How to inform and educate your teens?

By promoting respectful communication, allowing them to make the best choices in their life, including their consumption choices! This means that parents will use authority where they can instead of trying to control the drug/alcohol consumption.

Harm reduction:  parents must be clear about their disagreements with the use of drugs or alcohol. A teenager must be aware of the limits of his/her parents and must not go beyond them. Adolescents always go beyond their parents' limits, but if it is not clear that they do not agree with their consumption, how far can they decide to go beyond the limits?

 If parents allow their teens to smoke in the basement, they must assume that this limit may be exceeded therefore you must open a dialogue and discuss about drug consumption while maintaining your position as parents. Start a discussion about consumption by being open to the teen's point of view.

 You can then ask your children how they see the use of drugs and alcohol in general, how do they feel or find it when they consume and how it happened -with friends, etc. We can ask teens if they want information on this subject, if they have friends who, according to them, have problematic consumption, etc. Then you can share with them your views about their drug/alcohol consumption, tell your teens about your fears and so on.

The aim is to let the teen know that even though his/her parents may have different opinions about consumption, he/she can trust them, talk to them if he/she has problems without fear of being judged or reprimanded, being clearly aware of the limitations.

Why is adolescence a risky period?

Adolescence is a period of risk according to new experiments. It is often a teenager of the same age, even a friend, who plays the role of initiator. In addition, adolescence is marked by the decline towards parents and the need to identify with peers.

 Where to go for help

If a teen has used one or more drugs several times, it is worth consulting a doctor to take stock of the nature of this use (What drugs? How often? How long? In what context? To find out what types of effects?). Do not make your teens feel guilty if they consume drugs or alcohol but try to find out why

Maybe your teens feeling bad, having problems. Try to re-establish a dialogue by assuring: that you care and love them but there are rules to follow and they must respect


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Barama Charity Foundation is, a non-profit charity helping poor people more especially the youth in Uganda and in Switzerland as one of our measures to fight against global poverty and HIV

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