Watch videos from young adults on important topics, including how, where, why, and when your teen may be using drugs. The Parent Learning page offers unique insight from young adults, who discuss the logistics of teen substance abuse as well as the warning signs that your child might have a problem.
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All too often, children who are using drugs are extremely effective when it comes to keeping this destructive habit from their parents. This series of video interviews addresses the methods teens use to hide their drug use from their families.
Former substance abusers speak about the ways they would keep their parents in the dark, whether it was through lying, manipulation, or by taking advantage of their trust. Some of the interview subjects described about how simple it was to use their parents naïveté against them, saying it was easy to deceive people who did not want to believe their child was using drugs. Others talk about how easy it was to stay secretive when their parents were absent, constantly working, or playing a less-active roll in the lives of their children. One mother described her drug-addicted son as “a very good actor,” who would do anything in his power to avoid getting caught. If there is a message to take from the videos, it is that teens who are on drugs will do whatever they can to hide their substance abuse from their parents, and so it is important for parents to stay proactive.
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