What is summertime addiction?

Family together on a beach
Family vacation to the beach

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We often hear parents of youths near the end of their high school years planning the summer time vacation with the whole family at the cottage or the lake or even just a road trip to Disney or water parks. No matter the destination, you can envision the whole family together laughing and having a good time.


But this year something is different, the little kids are not so little anymore. Your vacation plans are being hindered and have less appeal to your kids. Their friends are staying in town, getting summer jobs, others just want to “hang out”. Your son or daughter may begin to say things like “again! We have been there so many times” or “there’s nothing to do at the cottage, it’s boring”. These comments and similar remarks are signs of self-expression, your son or daughter are asserting their self-determinism and independence, it’s a form of ‘breaking away from the nest’ in sorts.



Vacation Plans

If you force them to stick with the vacation plan, they then rebel. If you give in, you feel you’re losing control. The truth of the matter is you need to let them express their self-determinism and experience the world for themselves, and begin the road to adulthood. But beware; you also need to know how to guide them in a jungle of lies and betrayals this society offers.


Summertime is a time of opportunity; your daughter or son may have done a great year with A’s or B+. Now they want to stick around the city like their peers and get a part time job or some such thing. Maybe he or she wants the newest I Pad or I Phone or ticket to a concert and will pay for it themselves. You see this as a responsible direction and considered proper upbringing. Your son gets his first paying job at a fast food place and is really happy about his first paycheck.



Drug Influences

As the weeks move on you realize he is coming home later and later. Has trouble getting up in the morning; says “too tired to do weekend chores”. He begins to avoid your questions; is in and out without notice. His appearance takes on a mysterious and backstreet look. Or your daughter starts to dress like she going to a fancy night club, and behaves like you never understand her, and make a point of it, becomes distant and withdrawn. All these observations are signs of possible drug or alcohol abuse.


In many cases it has been found that a young adult is more likely influenced by some friend or acquaintance to try some mind altering drug for the first time. This is due to trust and friendships, in other words; “a friend would not think of causing any harm”. This, of course, is false!



Drug Dealers

Drugs like marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills like Oxy, fentanyl, etc. are easily found on the streets and clubs. But in the summer time when youths are out and about drug dealers are on every major gathering spot; parks, beaches, lakes and boardwalks; one can even find dealers in the most remote camping grounds.


Drugs are big business across Canada and each province has its own issues to deal with. But you as a parent, how do you know and deal with your child’s drug abuse? How can you be sure your son is or is not using drugs? And what are your options when you do find out that he or she has an addiction.



School Year

You can be certain that if it is not properly dealt with before the end of summer your child’s next school year will be in the most part a failure; he or she may very well give up on school altogether.


Your best and most lasting solution to drug addiction is to talk with a drug rehab referral counselor to know the right treatment programs available. If you or someone you know is suffering from drug abuse call 1-888-488-8434, a drug rehab referral counselor is standing by.



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