Parent Drug Education Talk. Maybeck High School February 23, 2010 Parent Presentation Ralph Cantor. Statistics CA v. Berkeley. Adolescent Brain. Adult Brain. PreFrontal Cortex. Parents’, therapists’ and our task:
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Maybeck High School February 23, 2010
Parents’, therapists’ and our task:
“Sometimes need to act as though they are their teenagers’ “frontal cortex . . . talking through possibilities and options. They have to function like a surrogate set of frontal lobes, an auxiliary problem solver.”
It ain’t like eating donuts
Or how we trick the brain
Hippies ‘60’s 1 - 3% Cannabis Sativa
Vietnam trans 5 - 10% Cannabis Indica
Growing females 10 - 15% Sensimilla
Horticulture of Northern California Indoor growing 15 - 20%
Weed, purple, pipes, bowls, buds, blunts, bongs, vaporizers
Most certainly YES
*Extent of binge drinking
*The alcohol industry
*Integrated in society
*Shifting gears, events, stress – substitute
“The brain goes through dynamic changes during adolescence, and alcohol can seriously damage long and short term growth processes…Short-term or moderate drinking impairs learning and memory far more in youth than adults.”
Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged 18 and Older Dependent on Alcohol, By Age of Drinking Onset
How well does the drug work?
Positive and Negative Reinforcement
If, in addition to producing pleasure (positive reinforcement), a drug is more addicting, if it relieves negative states: boredom, anxiety, depression or stress (negative reinforcement).
What role do we as parents play with our child’s struggles with:
No involvement Rescue
Stephen Biddulph, 2004, Hazelden
Am I encouraging open dialogue? If your teen believes she can’t tell you how she’s really feeling, she’ll be more likely to turn elsewhere for comfort and relief. Even if you’re afraid of what you’ll hear, remind your child that she can always talk to you (or another caring adult) about anything – without judgment.
Am I setting aside one-on-one bonding time? If your whole family is going through a stressful transition, such as a move or divorce, your teen may feel neglected. Show your kid you love him by taking him shopping, bowling or out for ice cream – without any siblings tagging along. This special attention will remind him that you’re still interested in what’s going on in his life. It will also remind him that despite your preoccupation at the moment, you are going to pick up on problems or changes in his behavior.
Am I discussing the dangers of drugs and alcohol? Even if they’ve heard it a million times before, it never hurts to talk to teens about the consequences of drinking and drug use. Try prompting your teen to talk to you honestly about his experience with different substances by asking, “So, have you heard about any kids at your school smoking pot?” or “What’s your opinion on teens trying prescription pills?”
Am I monitoring and communicating more?* Asking nit-picky questions may annoy your teen, but it can also keep her safe! If you get an unexpected or nonsensical response, it can immediately alert you that something is off. You have every right to ask your child which friends she’s hanging out with, what they’re planning on doing, and where they’re staying – and you have the right to check her story or call her cell phone halfway through the night. Kids who are not monitored are 4 times more likely to use drugs than those whose parents monitor their activities.