Early adulthood is a time when young people are more likely to make decisions impulsively. For those off to college, this is their first experience away from home. They are not bound by their parents’ rules and have been enabled to make their own decisions, good or bad. Those that enter the workforce, the freedom that comes with a steady paycheck may lead to impulsive decisions. In addition, many young men live in the now. Freedom and not considering future consequences are contributing causes to addiction in youth.
Causes of Addiction in Youth and Young Men
Quite often, many young men have already been exposed to drugs and alcohol during their early teen years. Most young men have already tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, or some other substance. As teenagers enter into adulthood, the freedom that comes with this phase of life can lead to further experimentation with drugs and alcohol. This can be quite alarming for parents since they do not want to picture their sons engaging in substance abuse.
There are many causes of addiction in youth and young men, and why they experiment with drugs and alcohol. In some situations, the actual reasons for their addiction are much more profound than their poor judgment and decision-making with their newfound freedom. Keeping these things in mind, some of the common causes young men start using drugs and alcohol includes:
For a Quick Pick-Me-Up
Young adulthood can be a very stressful time for young men, regardless of whether they attend college. From attending classes, working, and staying up late, they can start to feel rundown and sluggish. So, experimenting with stimulants can become very enticing.
To Be More Outgoing
The fear of not being accepted, low-self esteem, and other insecurities can lead to drug and alcohol experimentation. In addition, many drugs and alcohol lower inhibitions and make it easier to be more outgoing in social settings. The excitement of fitting in while using drugs and drinking can become very appealing, especially when it helps young men fit in socially with their peers.
To Suppress Unwanted Emotions and Feelings
Drinking and drug abuse in young men could result from self-medicating away unwanted emotions and feelings, like anxiety, stress, and depression. Additionally, young men can abuse substances to suppress unwanted feelings when they are still in denial about their sexual and/or gender identity.
Heightened Thrills/Thrill Seeking
More young men are prone to engaging in daring and risky activities while using drugs and alcohol. During these activities, the rush of adrenaline on top of the effects of the drugs and alcohol, can create an even greater “high” that they will want to experience again and again.
Young men can be put under a lot of pressure to perform well when playing sports and academically. This added pressure to do well can entice young men to experiment with different types of performance-enhancing drugs.
Many drugs and drinking have become socially accepted due to their glamorization in movies, television shows, and social media. Young men see the musicians, actors, and other role models drinking and using drugs. So many young men view drinking and drug use as normal behavior.
An Escape from Life
Young men who feel like they are not good enough or have been picked on, teased, bullied, or body shamed can look for a way to just escape from all the hurt, pain, and anger they are experiencing. So, drugs and alcohol and the effects they bring can become very inviting.
Rehab Treatment for Young Men in Southern California
If you are a young man struggling with substance abuse or are concerned your son is abusing drugs and alcohol, New Life House can help. We have custom-tailored rehab treatment programs and family programs for young men at our treatment centers throughout Southern California.
Our rehab focuses on placing young men in age-specific groups amongst their peers. We have found that when young men of similar ages experience rehab treatment together, it helps create a more supportive environment and lays a solid foundation for long-term friendships and sobriety.
For further information about our rehab treatment programs for young men, please feel free to contact us by filling out our online “contact us” form, emailing us at [email protected], or calling (888) 357-7577 today!