5 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Drugs and Alcohol

When it comes to talking to teens about drugs and alcohol, many parents don’t know where to begin. Every child is unique, so there is no one correct way to talk to your teen about drugs and alcohol. However, here are 5 tips you should follow to help the conversation stay positive and be productive.

1. Be prepared.

You don’t want to bring up the subject of drug abuse and addiction, and then not be able to answer any questions your teen has. To prepare for a conversation with your teen about substance abuse, it is necessary to educate yourself about the subject.

Learn what drugs are available, street names, trends and the effects of each drug – short term and long term. The drugs that were available when you were a teenager are not the same drugs being used or abused by teens today.

You should also be ready for questions about your own drug use as a teen and young adult. Your teen is likely to be curious; she will no doubt ask if you have ever used drugs. How you handle this question, if you have used drugs, is up to you. While it is important that you are truthful with him, there are some things that should be kept private, or at least a part of a different conversation you can have later.

2. Ask questions.

Find out what your teen knows about drug and alcohol abuse. According to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, about half of high school students say they have at least one friend who uses illegal drugs like acid, ecstasy, meth, cocaine, or heroin.

Does your teen have a friend that is using illicit drugs? How well do you know your teen’s friends? Talk to her about her friends. Sometimes teens have a friend who is abusing drugs and they want to help. Encourage her to talk about her friend and her feelings about what is happening. There is a very good chance that your teen has been offered drugs on at least one occasion. Talk to your her about how she handled a situation in which she was offered drugs.

Questions you may want to ask your teen:

• What kind of drugs are kids at her school using?
• Does she have friends that are using or abusing drugs?
• Does she know anyone who drinks? Do they drink at school?
• Has she ever been to a party where there was alcohol or drugs being used?

Take it easy, though. You don’t want her to feel like she’s being interrogated.

3. Brace yourself.

Hopefully you don’t have to hear your teen confess to drinking or using drugs. If your teen does confide in you about experimenting with drugs or alcohol, it’s so important that you stay calm. Yelling, lecturing or otherwise freaking out will not only end the conversation, it will put a wedge in your relationship with your teen. If your teen trusts you enough to talk to you about something like this, it really is a good thing. How you handle your teen’s confession is going to make all the difference in the world when it comes to honest, open communication between the two of you.

However, you should bring up the subject of consequences. Ask if there were any consequences for her actions. Talk about real life consequences such as financial, legal, and relationship trouble. Remind her that drug abuse can lead to drug addiction, and that drug addicts struggle with every aspect of their lives, oftentimes ending up broke, alone and in prison.

4. Listen.

Do the best you can to listen, without interrupting. Teens will sometimes veer off topic, talking about school, stress, and friends. These are the important things that make up their lives. These are also the things that can lead to drug abuse. Let your teen express herself and talk to you about what is important to her.

Do not offer advice unless you are asked for it. Teenagers sometimes hear advice as lecturing or telling them what to do. Listen, encourage her, and let her know that you’re always going to be there for her.

You should have conversations like this often. It will help the two of you to build a strong relationship.

5. Be truthful.

Scare tactics claiming that marijuana use is the gateway to heroin addiction or that using cocaine once causes instant addiction do not work.

The truth is, addiction is a brain disease that can happen to anyone. There is no way of knowing if you are susceptible to addiction before using drugs. You only know once you are addicted and it’s too late.

Drug and alcohol addiction can be prevented.

Jennifer Foster, Ed. D. is a career educator, author and speaker, She lost a family member to drug abuse and is now determined to educate parents on the horrors of teen drug abuse.

Residential Treatment That Works For Drug and Alcohol Problems

Sometimes a teen gets into serious trouble. It is often caused by using drugs and abusing alcohol. This type of serious trouble requires a serious response and arguably the best – some would say the only – treatment involves the teenager leaving home to live in a residential treatment facility. There are different types of facilities such as:

- Clinical treatment center
- Boot camps
- Religious based center
- Therapeutic boarding school

If you are a parent with a teen in trouble, do check out examples of each of the above type of facility. Each has much to offer and the key to helping your child is to match their needs with the programs on offer. Make the right choice.

A clinical treatment center is ideal if your teen has a medical condition in addition to their drug and/or alcohol problem. The residents undergo a full-on detoxification program and having a medical condition means on-call medical staff are essential. That’s what the residents receive. These centers are often attached to a hospital so that the full resources of the medical center are available for the clinic. It is important that parents be given regular access to their child and his or her records. The teens are constantly monitored and there are times when the street drugs the teen may have been using is replaced with a prescriptive drug to assist in the recovery process.

Boot camps are ideal for those teens that need some discipline in their life. As well as programs involving therapy and academic studies, each resident is given plenty of worthwhile work and a timetable which takes their mind away from their addiction. The idea behind the program is to keep the residents super busy, to require them to be physically active and thus toughen them up physically and mentally. It depends on how bad a problem your teen has. If they need a short sharp shock, then that is what they will get.

Religious based facilities call on Christian teaching as the core of their program using prayer and scripture to help the residents overcome their addiction. Putting your trust in Jesus has certainly worked for some troubled teens but not for all; but then that can be said of most if not all other types of residential treatment. Obviously Christian parents will be more inclined to choose a faith based program.

Boarding schools with a strong program in therapy are often popular with troubled teens. It’s somewhat of a school away from school where the academic program means smaller classes and after hours’ tuition and where the therapy sessions target the problems faced by each individual. These facilities are not clinics or boot camps and have a feeling of community. Therapeutic boarding schools have enjoyed a great deal of success when dealing with young people addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The icing on the cake is when the school provides training for the family of the troubled teen. Hopefully, now no longer troubled, the teen returns to their home and to a family which has been trained to continue supporting their loved one. It’s so important to continue the recovery once the residential treatment is over.

MoS2 Low Friction Coatings – Not Just For The Aviation Industry Anymore

MoS2 low friction coatings (also known as molybdenum disulfide, also spelled, disulphide) are regarded the most widely used form of solid film lubrication today. What makes them unique (with the other dichalcogenides) is the weak atomic interaction (Van der Waals) of the sulfide anions, while covalent bonds within molybdenum are strong.Thus, lubrication relies on slippage along the sulfur atoms. All the properties of the lamella structure are intrinsic. No external form of moisture is required. In fact, best performance from MoS2 low friction coatings is attained in the absence of water vapor, which are prone to surface adsorption. This makes them ideal under vacuum.There are a number of methods to apply MoS2 low friction coatings, including a simple rubbing or burnishing, air-spraying resin-bonded or inorganically bonded coatings, and more recently by sputtering through physical vapor deposition (PVD).Thickness will vary, depending on form of MoS2 low friction coatings, but typically ranges between 5 to 15 micrometer. Sputtering techniques can produce thin films of 0.2 micrometer. While plasma sprays will result in higher builds, beginning at 0.003 inch or more.Friction coefficient less than 0.05 is attainable, but will also vary with humidity and sliding conditions. Tests show friction decreases with increasing vacuum strength. Friction also lowers with higher load, faster surface speed, or both. In fact, MoS2 low friction coatings are superior to both graphite and tungsten disulfide (WS2). Friction with MoS2 low friction coatings is independent of particle size, though the larger particles can carry more load.Dry lubrication for MoS2 low friction coatings remains superior at higher temperatures, with oxidation rates remaining relatively low at temperatures up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. And in dry, oxygen-free atmospheres, lubricating performance, even with oxidation products, is stable to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit.Higher air flow can affect oxidation kinetic rates in atmosphere. Molybdenum oxide products (MoO3) and sulfur dioxide. Since MoO3 alone offers dry lubrication, based on its relative softness, molybdenum disulfide coating are ideal in higher temperature environments. At higher temperatures, though, they are better suited under vacuum. In atmosphere, they are prone to water adsorption from air based on their hygroscopic properties.As with the other dry film lubricants, while differences may prove negligible, you will have to determine which is better for you: longer wear life or better performance, using MoS2 low friction coatings. Generally, friction will be slightly higher by coating both surfaces, rather than coating one surface only. But wear life will increase coating both surfaces.Friction can be good in so many areas of life. Without it we could not easily stop and start our motion, or change direction. But in moving machinery, friction causes considerable loss of energy, poorer performance, not to mention limiting wear life.As with many non-lubricated systems, the static coefficient of friction is higher than the dynamic coefficient of friction. The resultant motion is often referred to as ‘stick-slip’. Basically, the two surfaces stick together until the elastic energy within the system has accumulated to some threshold, where a sudden, forward slip takes place. Under magnification, it’s apparent the union of two surfaces is often limited to intimate contact only at the tips of a few of the asperities (small scale, surface irregularities). At these point areas, pressures relating to contact may be near the hardness of the softer material. Thus, plastic deformation occurs on some localized scale. This is known as cold welding. Where bonded junctions are formed between two materials.For lubrication to occur, these bonds, this adhesive component of friction, must be broken. And this is where products like MoS2 low friction coatings serve well.So, where are these products used today? Consider aerospace, automotive, marine and electronic, for starters. There, you’ll find MoS2 low friction coatings, again and again.