By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
It’s shocking and heartbreaking when you find out that your teen is abusing drugs. In this article, you will learn how to respond to your teen’s drug abuse. You’ll find out how to discreetly buy home drug test kits and how to use them to drug test your teen.
No parent wants to face the fact that their teen is using drugs. This is your child. The one you love, nurture and educate. What do you do? Is it something you can brush under the table? Is it going to damage your relationship? Will it hurt your child? Will your home become a battleground or a ticking time bomb just waiting for the moment when everything explodes?
There are probably a million and one things going through your mind. Sorting out your feelings and concerns and making a game plan are ways to give you a feeling of control and put you on track to finding solutions.
What do you do when you find out your teen is abusing drugs?
Should I Just Pretend I Don’t Know About the Drug Abuse?
As much as it may seem like the easier alternative, there are 2 reasons you can’t just ignore your teen’s drug abuse:
- You are the biggest influence in your child’s life. As a parent, it is vitally important that you consider your teen’s health and well being above all else. It could mean the difference between life and death. You are their parent not their friend.
- As the head of the household, it is your prerogative to make sure that illegal activities are not occurring in your home.
The Do’s of Reacting to Teen Substance Abuse
If you aren’t sure that your teen is abusing drugs, but suspect he/she is, you should learn about the signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse. Get your free guide “Addressing Teen Substance Abuse“ to learn about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse broken down by drug to better identify symptoms of abuse. Whether you suspect or know that your teen is abusing drugs, it is time to take action.
As difficult as it may be, you need to approach the situation with a calm, collected and understanding mindset. This will be the best way to relate to your teen without making the situation worse. You need to be in the right mindset when you talk with your teen, so that you aren’t pushing them deeper into their secretive, sneaky behavior. This will help you get to the bottom of the problem and guide your teen toward recovery.
DO open lines of communication.
Phrases like “If you ever have a problem, you know that you can come to me,” and “I made mistakes as a teen too, but having my parents to talk to about it really helped me through,” can help start the discussion.
DO stay calm.
It may feel like the time to explode in anger. Ultimately that can shut your teen down, and it won’t benefit the situation. Scream in the bathroom or closet in your alone time to get that anger out, but stay calm when you approach your teen on the subject of drug abuse.
DO buy home drug test kits.
Without a drug test it is difficult to have concrete evidence that your teen is abusing drugs. You don’t want excuses from your teen about whose drugs they were “holding,” and you don’t want to falsely accuse them of abusing drugs. You need confirmation. You can drug test your teen by purchasing home drug test kits that can detect the drugs or alcohol in question. Home drug tests come in discreet packaging, they are easy to use and extremely accurate. There is information at the bottom to help you buy home drug test kits.
DO drug screen regularly.
Drug test your teen on a regular basis and. By making it a regular occurrence, it is less about accusing them and more about just wanting to verify that all is well. It can take a little time to develop this kind of a rapport with your children, but if they understand that your actions are coming from a place of love, they will come to understand why this process must be done. Express that you are trying to look out for their health and well being.
How Do I Know Which Home Drug Test Kits I Need?
Home drug testing is easy to do with the right kind of drug test kit. You can buy ones that test for only one drug or ones that test for multiple drugs. There are urine sample drug tests and at home alcohol test.
There are single drug urine drug screening tests that screen for a specific drug.
These home drug test kits allow you to read the test results within 5 minutes of testing. If you know the specific drug of abuse, you can use a single test. Click on a link below to take you to the home drug tests for a particular drug:
There are home drug tests that screen for multiple drugs.
If you aren’t sure which drug your child is taking, you will want to get home drug test kits that test for multiple drugs. It’s not uncommon for multiple drugs and/or alcohol to be abused at the same time. Don’t leave out prescription drug abuse. They are abusing it if it’s not their prescription. They are abusing the drug even if it is their drug, but they aren’t taking it per the instructions.
There are home drug test kits that test for 2, 3, and 5 drugs of abuse. There are also urine drug screening cups. The home urine drug test cups are easy, fast and accurate, giving you results within 3 to 5 minutes. The home urine drug test cups test for 5 commonly used drugs.
Another great option is the CR3 5 Panel Split Sample Cup for Home Drug Testing. It is the latest and greatest in drug testing technology and also provides test results for 5 common drugs within 5 minutes.
If you want to include alcohol testing in the mix, there is also an at home alcohol test option that will give you results in two minutes by testing saliva.
All home drug tests from uVera Diagnostics are anonymous and come in discreet packaging, so you don’t have to worry about anyone finding out about your family’s personal business. The home drug test kits also come with easy-to-follow instructions. Click here to find out more information on home drug testing or to order by phone call 1-866-242-5930.
There are some myths regarding positive and negative results on drug tests that your teen may be aware of. If your teen receives a positive result, you will want to be able to debunk these myths. Read our blog “Myths About Passing and Failing Drug Tests” to navigate through false concerns about drug testing.
For more blogs on teen substance abuse click here.
Communication and Drug Testing: There is help out their for you and your teen.
- Talk to you kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Keep the lines of communication open. Use this FREE guide, “Addressing Teen Substance Abuse.” It helps you with the signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
- Drug test your teen! Don’t be afraid. Intervention saves lives.
Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs.
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