Prescription drug addiction is a commonly overlooked problem in teens. With prescription drugs so readily accessible in just about every American home, your teen can use them at their leisure with no trouble at all. It’s not just your teen that may be affected by this harmful addiction, however. The person whose prescription it is will wind up suffering without their medication, which can make dealing with any certain condition next to impossible. Protect your teen and yourself by taking these steps to prevent prescription drug addiction.
- Monitor Drugs: You must keep track of how many pills are in a pill packet or bottle to make sure that none are disappearing before you’re due for a refill. Whether it’s your medication or that of your spouse or another family member, monitor to see that you’re not refilling your drugs more often than you should. It’s not only expensive, but it’s a serious health hazard if anyone goes without their proper amount of medication.
- Set Rules and Expectations: If your teen has been prescribed some sort of drug, make sure they use it exactly as instructed on the label and by their physician or psychiatrist. Make sure they understand that taking the proper dosage and taking their medicine without other drugs or alcohol is not a suggestion, but instead an imperative.
- Dispose of Unneeded Drugs: If you have prescription drugs laying around the house that you don’t need for whatever reason, dispose of them properly. Ensure that your teen has no desire to remove the drugs from the trash by putting scraps of stale food and other undesirable substances in them.
- Set a Good Example: Use your medication exactly as prescribed and don’t use outside substances along with them. By showing your teen the right way to use medication, they are less likely to go down a dark path of prescription drug dependence.
Last but not least, let Sundown M Ranch lead your adolescent down a better path, free of prescription drug addiction. To learn more about how we can help your teen, call us at (509) 654-9033 or visit us online today.