Regulation of cannabis in Québec
Further the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis and to the bill tabled on April 13, 2017, the Government of Québec has tabled a bill in the fall of 2017. For more information go to encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/ .
Teenagers may be faced with unknown situations and tempted by new experiences, such as drinking alcohol, using drugs or gambling. For most young people, these experiences are short-lived and do not occupy an important place in their lives. For others, they can become a very big deal. To learn more about the various types of alcohol consumption, as well as gambling, read Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling: Types of Consumption and Practices.
As a parent, you can help your teen make informed choices about alcohol consumption, drug use and gambling. You can also intervene if his or her alcohol consumption, drug use or gambling becomes problematic.
The fact that your teen has consumed alcohol or other drugs or gambled does not mean he or she has a problem. Most people have experimented in this way, often simply out of curiosity.
For most teens, bouts of alcohol or drug consumption are temporary and not life changing. In such cases, the costs, effects, fear of consequences and harm done to their health are convincing enough to keep them in control of their consumption.
Some teens like to drink, use drugs or gamble with friends. They repeat the experience, but they choose when to drink, use drugs or gamble and know when to stop.
Young people who occasionally drink, use drugs or gamble experience few very negative consequences, or even none at all. This type of consumption:
For some teens, drinking, using drugs or gambling becomes a priority in their lives. Their social activities, such as parties and encounters with friends, revolve around one of these habits.
These young people experience various problems with family, friends, school or work. Much of their pocket money is spent on the purchase of alcohol or drugs or on gambling. Over time, they can feel a certain psychological suffering associated with their consumption of alcohol or drugs or their interest in gambling. These activities stop being fun. They continue to drink, use drugs or gamble, despite the problems caused by these habits.
To learn more about the problems associated with alcohol, drug use and gambling, or to get help, consult the Help and Resources section.
Even if teens show no signs of trouble associated with substance abuse or gambling, you can help them make informed choices. For example:
As a parent, you play a determining role in your teen’s life. Your relationship with him or her is different from those he or she has with friends.
If you suspect or have proof that your teen is drinking, using drugs or gambling frequently, and you know that his or her friends are doing the same and you are worried about their influence, rather than getting angry and setting ultimatums, find a way to broach the subject. Even if he or she challenges your words and actions, your attitude as a parent still matters. Even if it seems that your teen is not listening, you still have a big influence on him or her.
If you want to have a discussion with your teen, do not be afraid of taking the lead. Calmly broach the subject when he or she is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Say that you suspect him or her of drinking, using drugs or gambling. If you know it for a fact, say so. Instead of criticizing, explain how you feel about your teen’s habit; tell him or her that you are worried or that you do not understand, etc.
If drinking, using drugs or gambling appears to be an escape for your teen, help him or her find other ways to solve problems. Reaffirm your support.
Help your teen find credible information on the effects of drug use or gambling. Encourage him or her to take responsibility: An informed person makes better choices.
Remember that teenagers tend to communicate better and understand the situation well if all sides of the issue are addressed:
This could mean, for example, letting your teen explain his or her absence from school or his or her poor grades or making him or her pay off any debts.
With younger teens, intervene by monitoring outings, friends and use of pocket money.
When your child becomes a teenager, your role changes as he or she evolves. You are no longer there to give orders, direct and protect the same way as when he or she was a child.
Your role as the parent of a teenager can be summed up as such:
If it is obvious that your teen is in a bad situation, here are a few suggestions to help you manage it better:
When your teen’s behaviour, alcohol consumption, drug use or gambling affects your well-being and that of your family, it is time to set limits about what you are willing to accept. Establish rules that you are comfortable with and that reflect your values and lifestyle choices.
Certain behaviours can facilitate and encourage your teen to continue drinking, using drugs or gambling. You should avoid the following:
If you would like to get help or information about substance abuse and gambling, there are people available to help you and listen to you and offer solutions without judging you, regardless of the type of drinking, drug use or gambling your teen is engaged in.
Last update: July 21, 2017 10:02 AM
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