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My Child Is Doing Drugs, What Now?

Families are the most important thing in the world; so, when something as ugly as drugs sneak into the picture, you want to do whatever you can to stop it. Drug addiction can as early as the teen years of a child. In some cases, even earlier. It can be terrifying, but for now, you need to be as calm as possible.

1. Talk to your partner

Start off by talking with your partner. This is a problem that should be handled by a family. Communication is key and will become the most important tool you have to combat drugs. Having a long and hard talk with your spouse will help you work together and tackle this problem as partners.

2. Figure out how to talk to your child

Now that you have a partner by your side, you need to think about how to talk to your child. Most drug users will likely deny any blame. You need to be prepared for that. While it may be difficult and painful to collect proof, you may need to do this. This might also be something your child will get angry about because you are invading his or her privacy. You will have to decide on how you want to collect the evidence or proceed without it.

Whether you have evidence or not, your child will likely retort in anger or retreat into themselves and perhaps stay quiet for the entire discussion. You need to remain calm and not shout at them, you need to make it feel like it is a safe place to share and this will hopefully show them that you are here to help. There are times they will ask you if you never tried drugs before, whatever your answer is, this is not an absolution from their current problem, it will be difficult and you could be called a hypocrite, but you will still need to stay level headed.

3. Win your child’s trust

Keep talking to your child and make sure that you win his or her trust, you need to know how bad the situation is and you need to discuss how you can get through this as a family. Hopefully, the situation is not too critical, however, if you need professional help that is also something you will need to discuss as a family. There is no shame in seeking professionals to handle the situation, just be sure not to abandon your child to a professional, they are there to help, not take over.

4. Getting a defense lawyer

Texas is tough on drugs, even on Juvenile Drug Possession. If your child is caught by the authorities for possession. It is best that you secure a defense lawyer to make sure that your child’s rights are protected and that he or she is afforded the best defense. While he may be held accountable, there are many ways wherein your child can still get the best deal out of this bad situation. 

Whatever the results, working on it together as a family is your best approach, otherwise the drug problem will just keep growing and growing until you become powerless against it.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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