The newest study, the annual survey from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University points directly to parents for contributing to drug and alcohol use among kids ages 12 to 17. Some of the the research indicated that:
-One-quarter of teens said they know a parent of a classmate or friend who uses marijuana and 10% of those teens said this parent smokes marijuana with teens;
-Just under 30% of those who come home between 8 and 10 p.m. said they had been drinking or using drugs;
-It is easier for teenagers to obtain prescription drugs than beer;
-Forty-two percent of teenagers said they can buy marijuana in one day or less.
In doing more research on this topic, I came across this information which I think is pertinent to us as we raise up our children to to be life long disciples of Jesus. The following comes from the website http://www.onteenstoday.com and is a guest post from Leah Davies, M.Ed. It is entitled, 10 Ways to Raise Children to Use Drugs. Here they are:
- Obey their demands.
- Overlook, defend, or rescue them from the consequences of their negative behavior.
- Disregard moral principles.
- Avoid touching, hugging, and taking time to interact with your children.
- Ignore their worthwhile and constructive habits.
- Pretend you never make mistakes or have problems.
- Discourage thought and questions by demanding that they do what you want, when you want it done.
- Keep children constantly on guard by being unpredictable.
- Remain uninformed about drugs and drug use.
- Above all else, discount your own value as a human being.
You can read a full elaboration of these 10 points at Teens Today. I think if you read the full body to all ten points, you will see how easy it is to become comfortable and think it could never happen to me.
Ultimately, the key is a strong healthy relationship with your children that fosters their growth into healthy adults and lifelong disciples. Why is it we just don’t take Proverbs 22:6 seriously?