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Drug/Alcohol In School

How To Help Children And Youth That Attend Schools That Have Drug And Alcohol Use Challenges

Children & youth who attend schools where many students use, and can easily access, drugs/alcohol are at greater risk of using drugs/alcohol and being unsafe. Sadly, few schools are free from some drug/alcohol use among students. Children & youth often use drugs to feel better, for excitement, acceptance and companionship. Children & youth could be using drugs to self-medicate pain, frustration, low self-esteem and social disconnection. Drug use often has “rite of passage” qualities that some children & youth seem to need to grow up. Drug use can be a plea for help. Drug/alcohol challenges in schools reflect a society that uses drugs/alcohol to self-medicate suffering, loneliness and boredom. Media messages contribute distorted ideas for children & youth. Children & youth need support and communication skill to resist peer pressure and find alternatives to self-medication. Often society and school programs do not engage the child/youth in making meaningful contributions/expressions. “Just Say No” programs have not solved this challenge. Schools have to provide a safe haven from effects of other students using drugs. This is an extremely difficult task and school budgets often do not allow for effectively dealing with this challenge. Children & youth from families with communication and problem-solving skills appear less interested in drug use. Nevertheless, they too are at risk from coercion and violence from drug/alcohol using school-mates.

Drug/alcohol experimentation/use/abuse: This can be related to and complicated by a combination of: peer pressure; curiosity; family patterns and modeling; low self-esteem; the need to escape emotional pain from unresolved traumas and abuses; feeling disconnected from family; feeling anger, fear, hopelessness and depression. Prolonged stress, nutritional imbalances and exposure to environmental pollutants may also be involved.

First, We Would Investigate

Second, We Would Investigate

For Long Term Support
We Would Investigate

  • Safe School Ambassadors
  • Independent Study
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Attitudinal Healing
  • Aikido
  • Meditation
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Support For Parents
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Precision Teaching
  • Flower Essences
  • Homeopathy
  • Aromatherapy
  • EMDR
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Music Lessons
  • Massage
  • Aikido
  • Independent Study
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Safe School Ambassadors
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation
  • Herbology
  • Homeopathy
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Flower Essences

On Our Own We Would Try: • Less or No TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games • Replace sodas, juices, sugars, fats, fast foods with water, veggies, whole grains, nuts, protein, fruit, slow food • Bedtime Stories and Chats • Wholesome Pleasures • Back Rubs and Foot Massages • Long Walks/Hikes • Nature • Pets

For Parents: • Keep family communication open and positive. • Be involved with your child or youth’s friends and their parents. • Join with other concerned parents to assist school staff in dealing with this problem. • Praise sobriety. • Have an alcohol and drug free home. • Explore and teach alternative methods of having a good time.

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