Raising a teenager is no easy task. Teens often go through rebellious stages, ones in which they question authority and sometimes even experiment with drugs and alcohol. While some adults view teen substance abuse as a rite of passage, it’s important to understand that there is nothing normal or healthy about substance abuse at any age. Regularly talk to your teen about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and pay attention to where your teen goes, what he or she does, and whom he or she spends time with. Educate yourself about the substances most commonly abused by adolescents and, if the teen in your life is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, seek help immediately. The sooner the problem is under control, the less damage it will likely do to the teen’s life and health.
Why Do Teens Get Involved With Drugs and Alcohol?
You might think that your teenager would never touch drugs or alcohol, but the truth is, all teens are susceptible to substance abuse. It doesn’t matter if the teenager you know is an honor student or active in his or her church; teens of all ages and from all walks of life experiment with drugs and alcohol, and sadly, many of these teens will fall into addiction. Some teens are simply curious about drugs and alcohol and their effects; the best way to combat natural curiosity, however, is by being honest and educating your teen about these substances without making them sound appealing.
Adolescents may also try drugs and alcohol because of a desire for acceptance and/or out of a fear of or a response to peer pressure. Furthermore, many teens are simply impulsive, rebellious, and thrill-seeking – a combination that makes them vulnerable to substance abuse. Encourage teens to get involved in healthy, positive activities, and always speak with them openly and frankly about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
What Drugs Are Today’s Teens Using?
While each teenager and each environment is different, there are certain drugs that are very commonly used by teenagers. One of the best things you can do is to educate yourself about each of these drugs and their side effects and warning signs. That way, you’ll be more likely to notice if the teenager in your life develops a problem. Commonly used drugs for teens include:
When a Teen Is in Trouble
If you discover or even suspect that your teenager is using drugs, it’s important to seek help right away. Many studies have shown that treatment programs specifically geared toward and/or focused on teenagers are more successful for adolescents than adult-based programs. To determine which of our programs are right for the adolescent in your life, contact us at Newport Academy today.