The Drug Conversation: How to talk to your child about drugs

Price: £12.99

Publishing Date: 26th May 2016

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 180

ISBN: 9781909726574

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How to use this book
1. What are psychoactive drugs, who uses them and why?
2. Drug use and adolescence
3. Having the drug conversation with your child

4. Drugs and the brain
5. Types of drugs
6. Rise of the synthetics
7. Detecting drug use and what to do about it
8. Treatment and recovery
9. Final thoughts

About 'The Drug Conversation'

This is a book for parents about how to raise the thorny issue of drugs with their teenage children.

Drugs have never been more available and your child is almost certain to come across them at some point, often with little idea of the risks. We need to talk with our children about drugs - talking before they come across drugs can help them make better choices - but it's not always straightforward. This book gives you advice on ways to have this important conversation.

The book will provide parents with clear, up to date, accurate information about 'psychoactive' drugs (chemical substances which alter the functioning of the brain, causing changes in the way we think, feel and behave). It gives detailed information to help you understand how drugs work in the brain, what problems they cause and which treatments are most effective. It covers: what drugs are, who uses them and why; how teens use drugs; synthetics (legal highs); plus, how to detect if your child is using drugs and what to do about it.

On a practical level, the book contains suggestions on how to have the conversation with your child; making it a conversation, not a lecture. It contains many case studies from the author's own clinical practice to illustrate different issues, plus examples of actual conversations between parent and teenager.

The chapters are written to stand alone so readers can dip into each one as necessary. If you have particular questions such as 'How can I drug test my child?' or 'I’ve just found drugs in their room, what should I do?' you can go straight to the relevant section, or you can read the whole book for the full picture. There is a summary of key points at the end of each chapter.

All parents will need this book at some stage. It will help you to feel properly informed about drugs, more confident in talking to your child, more able to avoid drug-related problems developing and better equipped to tackle problems if they do arise.

**Readership: All parents (especially those of teenage and pre-teen children).


Viv Evans CEO AdFam

Parents can play a vital role in both preventing their children’s drug or alcohol misuse, and in supporting them if problems arise. The Drug Conversation provides accurate information about substances and the risks associated with use, delivered in a calm and non-judgmental way this book can help parents support young people to learn the skills to avoid the harms associated with substance misuse. Evidence suggests that, contrary to popular belief, parents are key influences of young people’s behaviour. By ensuring that dialogue is always open, and honest, by sharing fears and setting boundaries, and by communicating a sense of trust in their children, parents are far more likely to influence young people towards a cautious view of substance use, and reassure them of sympathetic support if they do develop problems.

Janey Downshire
and Naella Grew
Authors of "Teenagers Translated"

Informative, well-researched and infused with real-life examples, this book provides parents with an invaluable understanding of adolescence and drugs – what is out there, why teenagers are vulnerable, what the risk factors and early warning signs are and importantly how and why parents need to talk to their child before problems arise. Vital reading for all parents.

Rachel Kelly Writer, Journalist
& Mental Health Campaigner

Like any parent, I worry about how I can support my children in what can be a frightening world. Bowden-Jones's book lucidly and brilliantly sets out the truth about drugs and should be required reading for anyone who cares about our children's future - in other words, all of us.

Jan King Chief Executive, Angelus Foundation

We meet many parents who are thrown by what they hear about drug availability today. Even if they have had experience of drugs themselves things seem different now. This book enables sensitive ways into having the conversation about drugs that parents otherwise feel flummoxed by.