It’s no secret that teenagers are exposed to and even experiment with drugs and alcohol. DoSomething.org reported that 60% of teens they surveyed reported that drugs were sold, used and kept at their schools.
Prescription Drugs are on the Rise
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has now recognized prescription drug abuse as a nation-wide epidemic. The rate of teenage drug abuse has been increasing every year since the early 2000’s. Education is the first place for a parent to start to help prevent this.
What are some of the signs that my teenager is suffering from drug abuse?
- Neglecting responsibilities, commitments, and obligations
- Problems with relationships and dishonesty
- Defiant behavior and dishonesty
- Increased need for privacy and isolation
- Participating in illegal activities and legal trouble
- Increased financial needs
- Changes in mood, personality, or mental state
- Strange eating habits and sleeping patterns
- Degradation of physical appearance and hygiene
- Physical indications
- Paraphernalia or other out of the ordinary items
Why do Teenagers Abuse Drugs?
Teenagers most often begin to use drugs because of a variety of different reasons. However, they most often continue to use because they become dependent on the substances whether it is physically or psychologically. The reasons that teenagers start to use drugs includes: a desire to fit in, personal insecurity, traumatic experiences, feelings of rejection, or the belief that the drugs are harmless.