The Drug Conversation is a guide for parents about how to raise the thorny issue of drugs with their children. It will help you begin a useful conversation about drugs with your child.
The book provides information on the different types of psychoactive drugs available, their attractions and harms, how they work in the brain, and who uses them and why. It covers issues such as how to detect drug use, drug testing, synthetic drugs (‘legal highs’), accessing help, effective treatments and what to expect from professional medical services.
The Drug Conversation also gives practical advice on how to prepare for and have a conversation about drugs with your child – including examples of actual conversations between parents and children. Case studies from the author’s own clinical practice are used to illustrate the main points.
All parents will need this book at some stage. It will help you to feel properly informed about drugs, more confident in talking to your child, more able to keep drug-related problems from developing and better equipped to tackle problems if they do arise
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“I welcome this book. It is an excellent resource for parents and an invaluable book for GPs and their patients.”
- Dr Clare Gerada, GP and Past-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners
“Like any parent, I worry about how I can support my children in what can be a frightening world. Bowden-Jones's book lucidly and brilliantly sets out the truth about drugs and should be required reading for anyone who cares about our children's future - in other words, all of us.”
- Rachel Kelly
Writer, Journalist & Mental Health Campaigner. Author of Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness (Short Books, Nov 2015)
“Owen’s book is amazingly clear with the brain science woven in at just the right junctures to make the relevant points. What we particularly like is that it is un-judgmental and very practical. We both wish we had had this at our fingertips 10 years ago! Vital reading for all parents.”
- Janey Downshire and Naella Grew
Authors of Teenagers Translated: How to Raise Happy Teens (Vermilion, May 2014)
“We meet many parents who are thrown by what they hear about drug availability today. Even if they have had experience of drugs themselves things seem different now. This book enables sensitive ways into having the conversation about drugs that parents otherwise feel flummoxed by.”
- Jan King, Chief Executive, Angelus Foundation (a charity that promotes the dangers of ‘legal highs’ and young people’s drug use)
“The Drug Conversation provides accurate information about substances and the risks associated with use, delivered in a calm and non-judgmental way. Evidence suggests that, contrary to popular belief, parents are key influences of young people’s behaviour. This book can help parents support young people to avoid the harms associated with substance misuse.”
- Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive, AdFam
(Charity that improves support for families affected by drugs and alcohol)
Dr Owen Bowden-Jones - Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London; and Clinical Adviser at the Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Division of Public Health England. A father himself, Owen firmly believes all parents need reliable information to support an effective conversation about drugs