The Top Five Drugs Most Commonly Abused by Adolescents

The Top Five Drugs Most Commonly Abused by Adolescents

It can be uncomfortable to think about your own child abusing drugs. Nobody wants to think that their child would do that, but the sad truth is that most adolescents will be offered some type of drug at some point in their middle school or high school years. If you, as a parent, are educated about the signs and patterns of abuse, you can be better prepared to help your child when this time does come around.

If you are concerned about your child’s drug use, New Life House can help you to determine what is the right path to take and how best to help them. We are a highly structured sober living that specializes in working with men from ages 17-36 in order to create an environment which builds a strong foundation for long-term sobriety. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected] and we can help you to figure out which recovery option is best for you and your family.


1.  Alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely abused drug by teens and adults in the country. The reason it is so commonly used by teens is simply because it is typically more available and easier to find for teens than most other drugs are. The legality of it and the fact that it is already in most homes in America make it that much simpler for teens to get their hands on.


2. Marijuana

Marijuana is usually seen by teens as being harmless and not a big deal when compared to other drugs on the market. While it may not be as physically dangerous as other drugs, its potential for abuse and addiction is very high. Given the dramatic increase in THC content in marijana “concentrates”, such as oils or waxes, the psychological ramifications have rapidly increased. The laws around marijuana are continuing to change in many states, so it is becoming more widely available and acceptable in homes. This is making it easier and easier for teens to acquire with fewer repercussions.


3. Xanax

Xanax, or alprazolam, is typically prescribed to treat people that have anxiety or panic disorders. Classed as a benzodiazepine, this drug is potent in manipulating the chemicals of the brain. The draw for teens to use Xanax is because it’s viewed as a safer alternative to opioids and heroin but offers the same, or at least similar, side effects. Many adolescents are getting access to this drug via their parents or grandparents prescribed medicine (ie going through and stealing from medicine cabinets or supplies) or simply buying from dealers.


4. Adderall

Adderall is a medication typically prescribed to combat ADD and ADHD. It can also be found under other names, such as Dexedrine, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. This type of drug is most commonly abused by teens either because they have been prescribed it and take over the recommended dose, or they procure it from dealers to help with study and focus at college. These drugs are stimulants and can act very similar to methamphetamine if taken in excess. When taken as prescribed, they are very safe and effective.


5. Oxycontin and other prescription opioids

Much in the same way as Adderall, Oxycontin and other opioids are most commonly obtained through legitimate prescriptions from a doctor. These are painkillers that are, once again, safe and effective when used as directed, but can be dangerous and highly addictive when abused. Once abuse of these drugs begins, stopping can be very difficult and progression happens quickly. It is imperative that parents act swiftly to counter the abuse of prescription drugs.

We here at New Life House want nothing more than to help you and your family find the best way forward to a life free of addiction to drugs and alcohol. For more information on the services we provide, or just for advice on addiction and recovery in general, please call us right away at 888-357-7577 or email us at [email protected].

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