Your kid could be a drug addict

My sister was a straight A student-athlete before she went down a road that led her to prison at 29

4 yrs later she came out clean

Here is how she got there and 5 lessons to keep your kids from the same fate

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You never think it could happen to your kid

My dad thought the same thing and quickly learned that if you don’t invest in your kid early that you are setting the up for failure

He was a father who provided but never knew how to really teach his daughters self love
This led to my sister doing everything for approval. It started with excelling in sports/school.

She received the recognition but it wasn’t enough. My dad was busy with work and they didn’t go to believe in going to church so their life centered around work, school, and sports
She soon quit sports at age 15 and started hanging out with older kids. They would drink and hang out late on Friday nights.

Soon she was drinking and smoking with a boyfriend that filled that need for attention. This led to experimenting with drugs.

She first had meth at 18
She went the next 11 years battling drug addiction all while raising 2 kids. I remember visiting her and remembering how she was always struggling

She went to prison at 29 and got clean after 4 years.

Here are 5 ways to keep your kids from ending up in prison like my sister:
1. Disciple Your Kids

Don’t just be present for games and spelling bees. You have to invest in your children as people.

Spend time with them and show them what their identity is in Christ.

This will help avoid them looking to people or substances for who they are.
2. Quit Pushing Perfection

You are teaching your children that success is only attainable when everything is going right.

If you keep going down this road you kids can look to numb their feelings of inadequacy

Kids learning that failure is normal will help with coping
3. Avoid Being Ignorant

How many times have you heard:

“My kid would never _______”

Your kid is just as likely to make bad decisions as any others

Don’t be the parent wondering what happened because you fail to accept that it can happen to anyone
4. Be honest

If addiction, depression, or any other struggles are a part of your family history let your kids know.

My dad sheltered my sister. He didn’t make the same mistake with me.

As soon as I knew that drug addiction was an issue I made a promise that it ended with me
5. Day By Day

Take all of it day by day. There will be days where you go to bed wondering if your kids heard anything you said.

Wake up and show them that you are going to be there no matter what

Them knowing they have you may be the biggest factor in keeping them safe
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