Substance Abuse Help Group Comments on Recent Article Regarding Parents, Kids, and Drugs

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Pro-Recovery Group Believes that Communication is Key in Families when Talking About Substance Abuse

What parents need to be aware of is the imprint stage of their children. Between the ages of 0 to 7, children will absorb anything that they hear or see.

As reported by Desert National News in their article, Derailing Kids: Alcohol and Drugs Send Children As Young As 10 Off-Course (5/18), experts gave their opinion on the importance of communication when it comes to parents educating their kids about drugs at an early age. The article spoke about how young children often imitate the actions of their parents, how their parents usually use ineffective scare tactics on them, and why communication and knowing the facts is one of the most important aspects when it comes to talking about substance abuse.

“It is very important for parents to begin educating their children on drugs and alcohol early on,” agreed the head of the Substance Abuse Help Group, a group that runs several different websites on substance abuse addictions and recovery. “One of the points that the article mentioned was that some kids start drinking as early as 9 years old and they often start doing drugs within the next few years. What parents need to be aware of is the imprint stage of their children. Between the ages of 0 to 7, children will absorb anything that they hear or see. So if Mom or Dad comes home and unwinds with an alcoholic beverage or even a cigarette, then their youngest kids will look at them and think, 'Oh, that's okay.'”

Since many kids start experimenting with substance abuse very young, it is important that parents know what kind of help is available. At, parents can learn about specific help options for their children and families. There is also useful information that adults can use to get the help they need. “No two addiction cases are alike,” said the head of the Substance Abuse Help Group. “Kids especially will need specialized types of help, depending on how severe their case is. Sometimes a few visits to their school guidance department is enough and others may need more drastic action.” In addition to finding treatment options, people can access the website to learn about the general signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the relevancy of substance abuse, and what the benefits of getting help are. There are contact forms and a helpline phone number that anybody can access at any time of the day if they have questions or concerns about their own or a loved one's substance abuse problem. “Sometimes, a person does not know where to begin in getting help,” noted the head of the Substance Abuse Help Group. “Our website is aimed at being the first step toward recovery—the place where somebody can go and know that they are safe and cared for.”

Anybody can access the helpful information at as well as a 24/hour helpline that is monitored by a well-trained and caring staff. It is never too late to get help for a substance abuse addiction. Whether a person has a problem with prescription pills, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, or designer drugs, the Substance Abuse Help Group exists to help. For more information, please call 1-855-842-0102.

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