1. Obtain reliable information about drugs and know the facts
2. Involve yourself in your child’s life, get to know their friends, interests and whereabouts… get talking
3. Become aware of your child’s problem areas. Be respectful and be a good listener.
4. Ask your child his/her feelings on the subject, be open to differences
5. Suggest you both need to learn more
6. Ask simple, direct questions such as… Are you smoking dagga?? Are you consuming alcohol?? If the answer is negative, but you still suspect drug involvement, keep the lines of communication open by remaining in touch with your child’s friends, activities and environment.
7. Consult a professional for assistance if you need help handling the situation.
8. Enhance spiritual activity in the home and participate in your child’s recreational activities where you can