Being a parent is never easy. There are far too many things that can go wrong. Warding off your child from the use of drug use might be the toughest thing to do. However, a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that parents can help children avoid the use of drugs.
Yes, the report came out with some interesting findings, foremost of which was the amount of influence parents had over their children over the consumption of illicit drugs, tobacco or alcohol.
The report also stated that even though parents were one of the most important factors when it came to reining in drug use by their children, parents often underestimated their own influence. Around 22.3% of parents believe that what they say to their child is of very less or no importance to them.
And that’s not all. Nearly one out of ten parents did not discuss the harmful effects drug has with their children. And interestingly, of the many who did not talk to their children about the effects of drugs, 70% believed that they could have influenced their children a bit if they actually had.
Also, in another release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a national survey indicated that those teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who thought their use of drugs would be strongly condemned by their parents were far less likely to use them. As an example, most teens did not take to marijuana as they thought their parents would disapprove it thoroughly.