How to talk to your son or daughter when you suspect prescription drug abuse
Before approaching your child, talk to a professional for advice. Before your sit down with your child, think about the goal of keeping your him/her safe. If you have a partner, discuss what you will do together beforehand so that you are on the same page. It's important to be united, so you can make it clear that you are, as a family, going to treatment regardless of what your child may say. Highlight your concern and the specific signs and symptoms you have observed.
When speaking with your child, remain non-judgmental. Do not criticize your child or compare him or her to someone else.
- Let your adolescent/young adult know how much you love them
- Empathize; listen to them describe their feelings, pressures, and perceptions
- Gently ask follow-up questions and summarize
- Guide your child to an understanding of the consequences of drug abuse
- Make it clear that you and the family will seek professional help
- Use loaded or critical language
- Compare your child to others - either in a positive or negative way
- Interrupt your child when he or she is genuinely trying to describe current pain, difficulties, or a situation in his or her life