Do You Know the Drug of Choice Among Teens Today?

Do You Know the Drug Choice Among Teens Today - Anchor Of Promise

 

Each year, month, and even week, a new drug is on the streets or should I say in the hands of teens.  With the passing of laws to allow marijuana in the states, it has only fueled other drugs to become more prevalent among our teens.

With interest, I googled the current drug trends among our teens and realized that I had been out of the loop in educating myself and I’m sure other parents too.

The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids –  Drug Trends of Today Among Teens , educates you about these new drugs and how to be ahead of the game in combatting them.  Our worst fears years ago – marijuana.  Although today it is considered a mild form of drug use compared to the hard core drugs such as cocaine, meth or the high rise of opioid use today, it is a drug nonetheless and dangerous (even moreso when laced, used with alcohol, and mixed with other drugs).  Since the passage of the usage of marijuana, there have been record numbers of overdoses among hospitals.

Are you really prepared as a parent to know what to look for when it comes to drugs and your teen?  If you already have a child in crisis with an addiction, it is even more imperative to be connected with a support group, counselor or rehab.  They can teach you what to look for and how to battle it. Christian Rehabs

There are also great resources and tools that can be found on the internet, through friends, support groups, counselors, and even the Church.  TEEN CHALLENGE continues to have a high rate of successful stories within their program for many teens to young adults.

To look at things with our own eyes instead of God’s, it is easy to feel defeated with this battle against drugs.  All we see and know are the vast army of drug lords, addicts, and drug pimps who look to steal, kill, and destroy.  John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  Our God is strong and mighty and He will do all of the fighting for us.  It is HIS battle.  We just need to be steadfast on our part by being educated, not enabling, showing tough love, and spending time on our knees in prayer.

This is what the LORD says to you:

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

2 Chronicles 20:15

 

 

 

Photography Credit goes to Jens Johnsson from Unsplash

Father’s Day Letter From a Hurting Teen

Father's Day Letter From a Hurting Teen - Anchor Of Promise

 

Keep praying Dads!  Your teen or young adult will one day come back and thank you too for never giving up on them.  This dad knows it.  There is HOPE!  Keep your faith in God as you continue to lift up your child to Him.  And thank you to this Dad for sharing this letter with Anchor Of Promise.  Happy Father’s Day!

New Year’s Resolutions for the Hurting Parent

New Years Resolutions for the Hurting Parent - Anchor Of Promise

 

Every year, friends, family, and co-workers talk about their New Year’s resolutions. Some of the favorites are losing weight, go on a long awaited trip, spend less money, and even go back to school.  When we are a parent with a child in crisis however, our goals fade and we lose ourselves in the chaos that surrounds us.  

Most of the time when we set goals, they are too big or take too long and so our hope and desires for them to be fulfilled become diminished.  We also lose site of those goals when we only make a list in our heads and never get it on the calendar. That is something I have often done with little success in reaching my goals.  

Adding to that difficulty is when your focus is so much on the needs of your child in crisis that we often forget about the care of ourselves. This is another area in which I badly lost my way to reach those goals.  This coming year, I chose to make ones that ARE reachable.  These goals I pray, will bring my life less stress, give me more rest, and to encourage as well as comfort me when I am confronted with something difficult.  So, here they are.  Maybe you can add a couple onto your list of goals for 2018. Continue reading

Holiday Merry or Holiday Misery?

Holiday Merry or Holiday Misery - Anchor Of Promise

Parents who struggle with a teen in crisis find it extremely overwhelming to get through the holidays.  Although Thanksgiving has passed, another holiday is around the corner – Christmas.

While every other parent around you is singing in holiday cheer, you are thinking about how you can just get through the day.  While your co-worker or friend talks about how excited they are that their child is coming home for a holiday visit, you are thinking more about how to help your child in crisis.  Maybe you are faced with a child who needs to get into a detox program.  Maybe you need to figure out how to get your child to eat that holiday dinner when they struggle with an eating disorder.

And let us not forget those parents who have teens who have suicidal tendencies or mental health issues and are not into celebrating any holiday. Continue reading

When They Just Won’t Listen

When They Just Won't Listen - Anchor Of Promise

One of the biggest frustrations parents have is when their teen/young adult child is unwilling to listen to sound wisdom.  Even more frustrating is when your child is in crisis and thinks that their wisdom is more sound than yours. 

Teens and young adults are wrapped up in their emotions, feelings, and urgency of the circumstances that surround them.  This clouds the consequences of their choices and actions.   Continue reading