Carers & Families Affected by Substance Misuse

Parents and carers often think they know little or nothing about drugs.  The truth is we know more than we think.

Think for a moment and ask yourself:

  • Do I drink alcohol?
  • Do I drink lots of coffee (caffeine)?
  • Do I smoke cigarettes?

Then ask yourself:

  • Why did I start smoking cigarettes?
  • When did I start drinking alcohol?
  • What feelings or pleasures do I get from taking these drugs?

Then ask yourself, could I easily give up:

  • drinking alcohol?
  • drinking coffee?
  • smoking cigarettes?

If you answered NO to any of the questions, then ask yourself why not?

The questions posed here and the answers you gave may be similar to those of a loved one who is taking drugs.

The key thing for you to remember is that a lot of our young people who are experimenting with drugs come from all walks of life and have different social circles of friends, just like you did, before you became a parent.

Being a parent can be a difficult job, a job where is not step by step guide or handbook to refer to when dealing with problems and difficult situations you may come across.

If your child takes drugs it not your fault.  Feeling guilty is a natural response but one which helps no one, least of all your children.

If you need help or information please call us on 0141 445 8797, if we are not able to help you, you can be sure we will find someone who can.

For more detailed information on drugs (signs and symptoms) see section Alcohol & Substance Misuse