You can go to the website of any school or youth center, find the “say no to drugs” section – it will become clear what is wrong with state propaganda and how to talk about drugs with your child.
1) The lies of propaganda. Do not try! Get used to it after the first dose.
Reality. Even heroin is not addictive after the first test. Adults are afraid to tell the teenager this truth – what if an unreasonable child will be happy and joyfully run to eat drugs? Therefore, it is better to intimidate that one dose – and that’s it, the end. But teens do not live in isolation and adults are not the only source of information. There will be peers who will tell and show that this is not so; at the same time devalue the truthful information about drugs. Who will the teenager believe?
Adults at this place ask the question: what, tell the child “try, there will be nothing wrong from once”? Of course not. You must understand that the child learns the truth anyway – and from more authoritative people than a boring adult.
What to say to a teenager. The truth: that the first dose is scary precisely because it is not addictive; and the second too – addiction begins with a sense of drug safety.
2) The lies of propaganda. The cunning merchants give the first portion for free to plant, and then they pump out money.
Reality. No one gives out drugs without money; drug dealers have no such need. They can treat the company, but this is not the same thing as a marketing campaign to search for new customers. A teenager quickly discovers a hoax. And he can conclude that everything else that adults say about drugs is a lie, because they don’t understand anything about it.
What to say to a teenager. The truth: that no one will specifically hunt for you as a client of a drug dealer. That the first test usually takes place in a relaxed atmosphere in a friendly company. Friends can treat and this is a dangerous moment – you must be able to refuse without fear to look bad in their eyes.
3) The lies of propaganda. The addict immediately loses its human appearance. In the lessons, schoolchildren are shown terrible pictures of decaying flesh dying under the fence of marginals, disfigured faces.
Reality. A teenager observes friends in the company who take drugs. They look normal, well-dressed, are popular in parties, study or work, drive a car, they have money. The teenager believes his eyes and concludes that all adult horror stories about drugs are the same lies as much more.
What to say to a teenager. The truth: that a person can be socially adapted, especially in the first few years of use – changes occur imperceptibly. A drug addict can even be successful or famous – this does not negate the fact that he risks his health, family, freedom, life. If all people immediately turned into terrible monsters with frightening pictures – there would be no drug addiction subculture. You can watch and read interviews with famous drug addicts (rock stars, artists) together with your child: they all talk about how they regret their use.
4) The lies of propaganda. If a person uses drugs, it’s forever, it’s impossible to quit.
Reality. The teenager sees very well that some of his friends take drugs occasionally, boast of long breaks and lack of physical dependence. The conclusion is the same – adults here also lied.
What to say to a teenager. The truth: yes, some people use drugs from time to time and think that they are not dependent. That psychological dependence is invisible and worse than physical. That drugs give a deceptive sense of control: a person does not notice the moment when substances begin to control his consciousness.
By adolescence, children are very tired of the hypocrisy and lies of adults. In order to speak honestly and boldly with a child about drugs, one must also be able to speak with him about all other things.