Teens and young adults begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol for a variety of different reasons: curiosity, because their friends are doing it, to be included in a social group, to have fun or to enhance athletic performance.
Some youngsters try drugs and alcohol because they are seeking relief from problems like stress, depression, anxiety, poor self-image and underlying mental health issues that may still be undetected.
Genes, family history, mental health and social environment all play their part in a person’s vulnerability to addiction and this is different for everyone. Here are some risk factors that increase vulnerability:
• Family history of addiction
• Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood
• Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
• Early use of drugs
• Method of dispensation (smoking, snorting or injecting a drug may increase its addictive potential
Addiction is a complex illness characterized by uncontrollable drug use. Parents have a hard time understanding why their child won’t stop. They see their child’s potential and wonder why he or she toying with dangerous substances when they’ve heard how harmful they are? What parents may not understand is that true addicts and alcoholics can’t stop.
Detoxification services are available in most cities, but bear in mind that this does not completely fix the problem. For a true addict or alcoholic, leaving the drugs behind is just the beginning and sobriety is often the only answer for success. For more information about drug addiction and recovery,, call us at (888)357-7577.