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Teach your child good ways to refuse drugs

Teach your child good ways to refuse drugs
These 6 ways to refuse drugs are nothing to be ashamed of and they do not hurt others. Above all, they show a self-affirming attitude.

1
Not for the sake of proving friendship
Show your friend with a sincere attitude that you respect your friendship with him/her, but assert that you do not want to take drugs for the sake of proving friendship.
2
Laugh and joke
Laugh at your friend as well as at yourself. Use humour and laughter to reduce tension in the conversation and your friend's pressure.
3
Leave immediately
When your friend invites you to do something illegal or against the school rules, you should refuse clearly, and find an excuse to leave immediately.
4
Change the subject
When your friends are discussing something you feel uncomfortable with or pressurised about, try to change the subject.
5
Refuse directly
Regardless of how your friends try to persuade you, keep a smile on your face but say "No" directly. There is no need to make any excuse - just be sure of you own decision.
6
Parents' rules
When faced with pressure from friends that's difficult to escape from, use your parents' rules as an excuse (it's best to seek your parents' consent beforehand - they will usually agree), and say you cannot join them.

Prevention in Schools
How schools can tackle the drug problem effectively

Prevention in Schools How schools can tackle the drug problem effectively

Develop a headlthy school policy

Introduce specific school-based strategies and guidelines, and provide training and guidelines, and provide training and guidance to school staff, to ensure proper prevention and handling of students who may have drug abuse problems.

Establish a communication platform with government departments and the community

Establish a follow-up mechanism and a communication platform with relevant parties, such as school counsellors, teachers in charge of guidance and discipline, drug treatment and rehabilitation organisations in the district, and the police. This will help effective implementation of preventive work and early intervention in suspected cases.

Prevention is better than cure

The temptation of drugs that students face come from many different aspects, and hence schools should never slacken in tackling drugs at any given time, even when there are no drug abuse problems. Schools can initiate discussions about the problem of drug abuse on campus, deepening students' knowledge of the harm caused by drugs. This can effectively strengthen students' resolve to resist temptation.

Implement Healthy School Programme with a Drug Testing Component

Establishing an anti-drug culture on campus can prevent students from abusing drugs, as well as encourage students who are in need to seek help.

Teach your child good ways to refuse drugs

Teach your child good ways to refuse drugs
These 6 ways to refuse drugs are nothing to be ashamed of and they do not hurt others. Above all, they show a self-affirming attitude.

1
Not for the sake of proving friendship
Show your friend with a sincere attitude that you respect your friendship with him/her, but assert that you do not want to take drugs for the sake of proving friendship.
2
Laugh and joke
Laugh at your friend as well as at yourself. Use humour and laughter to reduce tension in the conversation and your friend's pressure.
3
Leave immediately
When your friend invites you to do something illegal or against the school rules, you should refuse clearly, and find an excuse to leave immediately.
4
Change the subject
When your friends are discussing something you feel uncomfortable with or pressurised about, try to change the subject.
5
Refuse directly
Regardless of how your friends try to persuade you, keep a smile on your face but say "No" directly. There is no need to make any excuse - just be sure of you own decision
6
Parents' rules
When faced with pressure from friends that's difficult to escape from, use your parents' rules as an excuse (it's best to seek your parents' consent beforehand - they will usually agree). and say you cannot join them.

Relieving parental stress – love yourself to be able to love your child
Learn how to think positively

Relieving parental stress – love yourself to be able to love your child Learn how to think positively

Good ways to reduce stress:

  • Love yourself: Aside from taking care of your family, you should also love yourself and take time to do your favourite things
  • Laugh more
  • Meet up with friends: Connect with friends and family, especially those who have a positive attitude
  • Loosen up: Exercise more
  • Learn more: improve yourself, for example by learning IT skills and developing your interests

Encourage good behaviour in your child

Encourage good behaviour in your child

Ways to resolve conflicts – harmony in the family means improved communication

Techniques for managing parent-child conflicts:

  • Leave the scene calmly
  • Discuss the matter at a later time
  • Handle one incident at a time
  • Ensure clear mutual expectations
  • Negotiate a win-win situation to solve problems

Important points for negotiation a win-win situation:

  • Parents should consider their children's opinions and suggestions
  • Parents should let their children understand the reasons behind worrying
  • Adopt suggestions that will not damage the parent-child relationship

Using different methods to teach and discipline your child and improve the parent-child relationship

Encourage good behaviour in your child:

  • More praise: loud and clear, with a sincere attitude
  • Less criticism: stop berating or attacking your child with criticism
  • Be a role model: lead by example
  • Set out promises for good behaviour: establish mutual agreement and implement promises; show compassion when problem arise
  • Reward and punish appropriately: establish practical rewards and punishments

Key to parenting with both kindness and firmness:

  • Establish authority and firmness with kindness: let your children feel loved and cared for in order to build up discipline and authority
  • Show kindness after displaying firm authority: establish clear principles in parenting and discipline, but always remember to show encouragement and appreciation

Good ways to refuse drugs

Good ways to refuse drugs
These 6 ways to refuse drugs are nothing to be ashamed of and they do not hurt others. Above all, they show a self-affirming attitude.

1
Not for the sake of proving friendship
Show your friend with a sincere attitude that you respect your friendship with him/her, but assert that you do not want to take drugs for the sake of proving friendship.
2
Laugh and joke
Laugh at your friend as well as at yourself. Use humour and laughter to reduce tension in the conversation and your friend's pressure.
3
Leave immediately
When your friend invites you to do something illegal or against the school rules, you should refuse clearly, and find an excuse to leave immediately.
4
Change the subject
When your friends are discussing something you feel uncomfortable with or pressurised about, try to change the subject.
5
Refuse directly
Regardless of how your friends try to persuade you, keep a smile on your face but say "No" directly. There is no need to make any excuse - just be sure of you own decision
6
Parents' rules
When faced with pressure from friends that's difficult to escape from, use your parents' rules as an excuse (it's best to seek your parents' consent beforehand - they will usually agree). and say you cannot join them.

Preventions - Youths
Guarding against the drug trap

Preventions - Youths Guarding against the drug trap

Misconception: "Life is boring, there's nothing to do - consuming drugs will make me more happier!"

Abusing drup will only bring you more troubles, such as memory loss, tremors, stuttering, and frequent urination, or even trigger mental illnesses, causing lifelong impact.

Misconception: "It's not drug abuse if it's not heroin!"

Consuming psychotropic drugs causes equally serious harm to the body. The symptoms caused by harmful psychotropic drugs appear later compared to the effects of heroin, which makes people underestimate its harmfulness.

Misconception: "It doesn't cost me money, and trying it once won't make me addicted"

Consuming drugs will cause addiction, and also cause lifelong harm to your mind and body. You will ultimately have to pay a heavy price for one try of free durgs! Inviting others to try drugs is the same as trafficking drugs - it's illegal!

Misconception: "I heard that taking drugs can help me lose weight and energise me, so that I can party every night without getting tired!"

That's actually only half of it! "Ice" (Methamphetamine) will cause frequent insomnia, dejected spirits, a tired appearance and also breakouts of "ice" sores, and even lead to self-mutilation due to hallucinations. Other durgs such as Ecstasy can cause a person to "dance" (swinging and swaying involuntarily) continuously for hours every night, causing profuse sweating and serious dehydration. Body weight will decrease, but only because of dehydration in the body.

Drug Busters
Trust drug-fighting partners and seek help directly
Walk away from the drug trap and say no to weakness

Drug Busters Trust drug-fighting partners and seek help directly Walk away from the drug trap and say no to weakness

Trust those who are trying to help

You can seek help from teachers or social workers, or ask for help, information, suggestions and support directly from drug treatment and rehabilitation organisations. Hong Kong provides multiple modes of drug treatment and rehabilitation services for the different needs of drug abusers, and help them on their road to recovery.

Drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes in Hong Kong include:

  • The compulsory placement programme, run by the Correctional Services Department;
  • The out-patient methadone treatment programme, operated by the Department of Health;
  • Voluntary in-patient treatment / residential drug rehabilitation programmes, run by NGOs;
  • Counselling Centres for Psychotropic Substance Abusers; and
  • Substance Abuse Clinics.

Understand clearly the problems of drug abuse

To face and cross this hurdle, you should understand correctly the problems of drug abuse - including the harmful effects of drugs on the mind and body, the treatment and rehabilitation process, and ways to seek help.

Believe in yourself

Psychiatrist Ben Cheung pointed out, in a radio interview, that research has shown that it takes 5 to 7 times on average for successful drug treatment and rehabilitation - most people don't succeed on the first try. Due to addiction of the mind and the body, as well as temptation from others, full recovery from drug abuse and addiction does not happen overnight. Even with the knowledge that this is a difficult path filled with tears and struggles, and that there will be failures, you must still have confidence and believe in your ability to succeed.