It can be difficult to talk to a teenager about drug use, but it is important to approach the conversation with care and concern. Here are some things you could say to a teenager who is doing drugs:
"I care about you and your well-being, and I'm worried about the risks associated with drug use."
"I understand that you may be trying to cope with difficult feelings or situations, but there are healthier ways to do so."
"Using drugs can have serious short-term and long-term consequences for your health, relationships, and future."
"I'm here to support you and help you find healthier ways to cope with your feelings or challenges."
"There are resources and people who can help you if you want to stop using drugs. I'm willing to help you find those resources."
It's important to remember that drug use is often a symptom of deeper issues, so it's important to approach the conversation with empathy and a desire to understand the underlying reasons for the behavior. It may also be helpful to seek the guidance of a mental health professional or addiction specialist.
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