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Our teenage son got into drugs at a fairly young age, and we didn't even pick up on it or try to get help for him until it was too late (he died of an overdose). I guess we hoped the problem would go away but it didn't. Please warn parents to be more alert.


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You’ve been through one of the most painful ordeals any parent will ever experience, and I pray that even in the midst of your grief you’ll discover God’s peace. I also hope your words will help someone who might be facing a similar situation. The Bible reminds us that “A wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).

Yes, drug addiction is a terrible scourge in our society — and (as you’ve discovered) simply hoping it will go away doesn’t work. Parents need to know the warning signs of drug and alcohol abuse, and confront their son or daughter if they have reason to believe it’s taking place. If the problem persists, a pastor or doctor or other trusted advisor can suggest options for treatment.

Parents also need to know who their child’s friends are, and how and where they are spending their free time. Teens can be easily influenced by their friends. The Bible warns, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). They always need to know, however, that we love them, which is why we hate to see them heading down the wrong road.

The most important thing any parent can do, however, is to point their children to Jesus Christ — both by what they say and what they do. The Bible tells us to “set an example… in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

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3 Comments

  1. Cisco says:

    I think in this society today parents need to know who their kids are hanging with. Also I think those in recovery like myself can give back to God by warning and sharing the horror of drug abuse to young teens by being allowed with counselors, and being permitted by school boards to teach drug awareness. I think it all starts with education about the effects drugs have on not only individuals but also their whole families. They allowed us to visit three classes one year in one of our local high schools and that was great.

  2. Ronisha Says says:

    My prayers go out to this family. I lost my brother eight years ago to an overdose. My family and I were devastated. He was 32 and left behind a daughter (who is my niece) who is now a teenager, she'll be 14 this year. And I don't want her to make the same mistakes he had made. Please pray for our children and grandchildren who are lost and really need Jesus.

  3. Eric says:

    Oh, God, please be with this family during this horrific hardship. Please let them know of your everlasting love, mercy and grace you have for them, Also, let them take Billy's advice in getting the Word out about your Son's ultimate sacrifice for us, and to let these parents alert others, as well, about drug abuse. In Jesus' name. Amen