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How to help someone who has drug and alcohol problem?

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to see your life in the future? Have you ever wondered what might have happened if you’d just done something differently? Now’s your chance!

According to the research, which asked young people about their attitudes to drugs and alcohol. The majority of nine to 12 year olds thought that it was wrong to use any illegal drugs and had a good knowledge of the negative impacts of drug use. Although 13 to 18 year olds also had extensive knowledge of the negative impacts of using drugs, benefits of drug use were also widely recognised. There was an element of uncertainty among some young people about the negative impacts of drugs. Findings suggested that they have more negative perceptions of drugs than alcohol, and hold the view that drugs can have a more damaging effect on various aspects of life.

The research appears to have led to a number of recommendations:

More generally, young people had their own suggestions to improve service delivery including drug education in school presented in a context that young people can relate to; education for parents; drug awareness advertising; and increased and improved diversionary activities. The research studies presented some evidence to prompt a number of recommendations. For those in the younger age groups who like to find out information from teachers, there is a need nationally to ensure that teachers have access to appropriate resources in schools to educate young people. Given that parents were also considered a useful source of information for drugs and alcohol, it is important that parents are trained so that they have the knowledge and awareness of drug and alcohol issues to correctly inform young people. With age, young people tend to lean towards their peers for guidance and advice and there are no guarantees that the advice provided by peers is correct or accurate. Peer-led approaches aim to use the interaction between peers to promote health-related behaviours and reduce drug use. Some young people were unclear about services available to them locally and nationally; this often has probable links to the location of services, which are mostly city based. There may be opportunities to include young people in the redesign and remarketing of services to ensure that they find them accessible.

Support services for Parents, Family and Friends;

1.  Family Therapy Program

When it comes for support, parents should be the first guide and educate drugs and alcohol their kids about it. It is important to have a good source of information which will help them to make wise decisions. In addition to professional counsellors, the Parent and Family Drug Support has a network of trained parent volunteers who have experienced their own child who have  alcohol or drug use.

2. Drug Education and Alcohol

  • Conduct a campaign of “say no to Drugs and Alcohol” at school to all students.
  • Education video resources that can show to all students at school for awareness.
  • Engaging parents to be responsible for educating their children at home.
  • If the young person has a drug or alcohol problem, deal with the issue, Ask for help. Take them to a professional who can help them with their issue.
  • If the young person has a drug or alcohol problem, educate them on addiction and recovery.
  • Addiction treatment and rehabilitation solutions.
  • Psychological care and healing centre, holistic treatments, psychiatric interventions, health and nutrition counselling.

After thoroughly searching in the internet, I have found that there is many resources and websites that provide information on dealing with drug and alcohol issues, prevention and health promotion. Also guides for teachers and students to discuss and make people more aware of the dangers and the consequences of these habits.

The following websites have resources that can help educate and prevents students, parents, families and friends in Australia.

  1. Party Safe Education.
  2. Drug and Alcohol Education Resources for Teachers- Positive Choices.
  3. Drug and Alcohol Education Resources for Students- Positive Choice.
  4. Alcohol & Drug Foundation: ADF.
  5. Learning and Teaching Drug Education- Department of Education.
  6. Family Drug Support Australia.
  7. Positive Choices: Drug and Alcohol Education.
  8. Resilience Education and Drug Information (REDI).
  9. Education Resources- Drug and Alcohol Office.
  10. Resources- Drinking Nightmare.