What Can I Do if My Child is Using Party Drugs?

Adolescence is a period of curiosity and exploration. The social circle of your teen will expand, and he would want to participate in various social gatherings and parties to have a good time with friends, make new friends, and gain social status and approval. Whatever the reasons are, this is the age of partying, and almost every teenager at some point engages in these behaviours.

 

Partying and participating in social gatherings like going to clubs, music festivals, and concerts are expected; however, these are not always safe and secure for your child. With the promise to enhance pleasure and better time, some people may offer your child recreational or party drugs in the form of pills, drink, or smoking.

What exactly are party drugs?

These drugs were once only found in nightlife clubs but are now proliferated in venues like music concerts, festivals, raves, and even private parties. These party drugs are more common than we know and are dangerous for your kid. There are various kinds of party drugs available. These can be

• Depressants (marijuana)

• Stimulants (cocaine or coke, amphetamines or speed, methamphetamines or ice, mephedrone or mew meow, and eutylone or bath salts)

• Hallucinogens (LSD or acid, MDMA or ecstasy, and magic mushrooms)

• There are also inhalants, including nitrate or poppers and nitrous oxide.

Effects of party drugs

These party drugs have varying effects depending on their nature. They influence an individual’s perception, behavior, mood, and personality, leading to uninhibited behaviours and decision-making. However, these drugs aim to increase enjoyment, sustain energy and enhance music perception.

 

These drugs are illegal and thus are manufactured in uncontrolled and unhygienic settings without any quality check. That’s why these drugs are also called designer drugs. Overdose of these party drugs can lead to severe physical and psychological consequences. Many people can become seriously ill or even die because of party drugs.

 

A person can experience life-threatening side effects like stroke, hyperthermia, seizure, and coma. Withdrawal effects of these drugs can include nausea, shaking, anxiety, irritability, and confusion. Other harmful consequences of party drugs are unsafe sex, physical or sexual abuse, assault, physical injury like accidents, and criminal behaviours like vandalism leading to arrest.

How to know if your child is using party drugs?

Now that you understand what party drugs are, the next step is to identify if your child is using any such drugs. A straightforward answer to this question is you should ask your child. Just talk to your son or daughter about the details of the events gently, not in a nosy way but show your interest. You can see physical clues like slurred or pressured speech, flushed cheeks, and dilated or constricted eye pupils.

 

Furthermore, you should also observe the behavior of your adolescent.

• How do they behave after a night out with friends?

• Are they loud, loathsome, or are they laughing hysterically at nothing?

• Are they being clumsy, stumbling into furniture, knocking things over, and tripping over nothing?

• Are they unusually tired?

• Are they looked suspicious, shocked, derailed, and alienated?

The steps you can take to ensure your child's safety

These are your signs. It is worrisome to see your child in such a condition. You can take certain steps to ensure your child’s safety and wellbeing.

 

Educate

You need to educate your child beforehand. Your child must know that such disastrous things can happen while having fun. There are temptations but explain all the potential side effects of these party drugs and detrimental consequences from addiction to physical or sexual assault and involvement in criminal behavior. Encourage them to research and discuss with you the negativities of these illegal drugs.

 

Tell him to be cautious

Ask him to be aware and cautious at such gatherings. Have their drink in their hand, don’t accept a drink from others except for trusted friends, and don’t smoke anything. Some people can add these drugs to your glass as fun. So, stay clear of suspicious groups and have fun.

 

Stay sober

 

Don’t drink too much. If someone insists on you, politely decline, leave the situation and go to your trusted friends. Have a half-full glass or bottle in your hand as an excuse. And stay hydrated.

The parent is the child's first aid in awkward and dangerous social situations.

Make it evident that your child can call or text you anytime for help, guidance, or support without immediate panic, investigation, or consequences. When they feel safe and confident, they are less likely to commit grave mistakes.

Trust your child
Finally, trust your child. Trust them that they will take rational decisions and be a responsible person. However, to err is human; if mistakes happen, be gentle with them. Guide them and help them because they are still navigating the world and curious beings.

 

If you feel that your child is going too far in this trap, you have difficulty talking to your child; there are facilities available that can guide you and help your child through the process. It is your child’s future, and you should take appropriate steps to ensure that he has a bright one.