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Parents have major role in keeping kids off drugs

As a parent, you want to make sure that your children avoid the worst of life's pitfalls. The thought of your child abusing drugs is unfathomable to you, but you are also realistic about the temptations kids face today.

Parents can steer kids away from dabbling in drugs, but they have to be armed with the facts and offer appealing alternative activities to their children. Parents may want to employ the following tips to steer teens away from drugs.

Use fact-based arguments

"Drugs are bad, so don't do them" is a weak argument. Dig deeper and arm yourself with facts and concrete examples of the abject despair that pervades the lives of drug abusers.

Focus on healthy living

From a young age, get your kids focused on living healthy lives unadulterated by substances. Children learn what they live, so set a good example.

Teach them to have fun sober

When kids start drinking and drugging at a young age, they forget how to have fun sober. This sets them up for a lifetime of substance abuse.

Despite a parent's best efforts, some kids will dabble in drugs. Of that group, a percentage will go on to become addicted to one or more illegal drugs and/or alcohol. Still others will run into legal difficulties because of their substance abuse problems.

Parents can intercede after a teen's drug arrest. A South Florida criminal defense attorney can direct their defense strategy to give them the best shot at avoiding the pitfalls of a drug conviction.

In some cases, defense attorneys can arrange plea bargains for youthful offenders. In lieu of a jail sentence, the court may order a teen to successfully complete a stint in rehab. Often, that is the best possible outcome for all.

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