Plants - Drugs Mind - Spirit Freedom - Law Arts - Culture Library  
Review Erowid at
Help us be a "Top Rated Nonprofit" again this year and spread
honest info (good or bad) about psychedelics & other psychoactive drugs.
("Share Your Story" link. Needs quick login creation but no verification of contact info)
cover image
Facing Drugs
A Guide for Parents
Rating :
Author(s) :
Tom McGill
Pages :
Pub Date :
Edition(s) at Erowid :
2002(pb,1st ed,fine)
Publisher :
Choice Books
Illicit drugs are part of today's society. Many young people are using drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, LSD and even heroin. Families that claim to be immune from the dangers of drug use do so at their peril.

For many parents and concerned others, watching their teenage years is a time of worry and anxiety, often intensified by a lack of knowledge and experience. Drugs were not part of the parents' experience as they were growing up, and consequently they have little understanding of their use and effects. One of the first steps in facing the possibility of illicit drug use is to become better informed, and Facing Drugs is a vital tool for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge and awareness.

Written in simple language it deals with the realities of drug use including:

  • What causes people to use drugs.
  • How these drugs work - physiologically and emotionally
  • What illicit drugs are most commonly used in Australia
  • The pros and cons of different treatments available
  • What happens in counselling
  • A list of services avialable in each state
Facing Drugs also has a special section dealing with the most common questions asked by parents, how the issues raised might be addressed, and some of the responses you might expect from your children once you have approached them regarding the possilibity of their involvement in drugs.

Tom McGill writes from experience. He is not only a professional drug counsellor, lecturer and consultant with years of experience but also a parent who understands what it is like to have a child using drugs. Tom's own son admitted to him some twelve years ago that he was using heroin. Don't make the mistake of htinking it can't happen to you -- it happened to Tom McGill.