I know, I know....I promised not to hang out here because doing so really scares the **** out of me but I feel like there is a lot to be learned from the true veterans here. I recently read the post written by a young adult GFG struggling with addiction a and that really saddened and scared me.
Reading that post reinforced my feeling that I have to start now trying to do everything possible in regards to prevention when it comes to my young GFG and future drug/alcohol use. Even at this young age, I talk to him about the very serious dangers of using drugs and alcohol with the disorders that he has. He mentioned to me one day about a year ago that he "cannot wait to taste beer" and from that day forward I have consistently sent an age appropriate message to him that he is at especially high risk if he drinks or does drugs. My mother (his maternal grandmother) is a GFG and has been a drug addict most of her life. So as the child of an addict perhaps I am hyper-reactive to this issue? I don't care. I feel like it is my duty to do whatever I can to protect GFG (and his PC sister) and a big part of that is arming them with information. I hope.
Did any of you PE parents warn your kids about such risks when they were young GFGs and did it work for any of them? Did it help any of them stay away from drugs and alcohol? I know that nothing is fool proof and that my son will always be at especially high risk but I feel compelled to do whatever I can to prevent him going down the road of drugs and alcohol...being a clean GFG is hard enough...those that are also addicted are really facing an uphill battle.