How Parents Can Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the UK (My Experience)
It turns out that my son wasn’t addicted to hard drugs for very long. There weren’t a lot of signs for me to catch. Sure he stole money from my purse and made up a myriad of excuses for breaking or losing so many items I bought for him. I knew that his grades in school were falling and that he was missing a lot of time. His new high school friends were a little too old and beatnik looking for my tastes. But, boys will be boys, my mother told me.
We didn’t want to think it was anything major. I had smelled marijuana in his clothes before but thought little of it with the trendiness of marijuana in colleges and among the youth today. It was as mainstream and safer than alcohol from what I gathered. I had no idea that my son was smoking heroin-laced cannabis. This progressed into cravings for straight heroin. One day he snorted some bad heroin laced with fentanyl and clinically died.
If I had paid more attention to his friends and the subtle problems that were starting in his life and known how to deal with it, he would never have been in that situation. We have to keep our kids out of that lifestyle by steering them into athletic activities that promote wellness and making sure that they are forming normal relationships. When your son starts hanging out with gangs of other men, with no formal club association, you can bet your last dollar that drugs are holding this clique together.