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Teen Drug Addiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Drug Addiction

Many parents need to wake up to the fact that teen drug addiction may be as close as their own home. No one wants to believe that their kid is doing drugs. But the reality is that a large percentage of teens try some type of drug at least once. That is why it is so important to keep the lines of communication open with teenagers, something that is difficult to do when their hormones are raging and they are so confused about their lives.

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Teen Addict

There are a number of reasons why a teenager might try drugs. Peer pressure is one of the leading causes, which cause teens to experiment. When a normally responsible teen hears over and over again from their friends, "Hey, it's just one pill (hit / drink). Don't be such a stick in the mud," chances are that they will eventually cave in and try it. Seeing the acceptance of their peers, they will try it again and again. Eventually, they are hooked and teenage drug addiction takes hold of their lives.

No specific profile exists for a teenage drug user. The stereotypical hoodlum or bad boy doesn't apply anymore. Teenage drug abuse and addiction can be found in the high school cheerleader or valedictorian just as much as in the class troublemakers. Drugs do not discriminate. That is why parents or other adult role models need to effectively communicate with teenagers. Teens may appear not to listen, but they definitely hear what the adults are saying.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, some parents live in their own little world and think that teenage addiction is not going to touch their family. The fact of the matter is that no matter how good of a parent or role model you are, teenagers may still experiment with drugs. Teenagers are by definition at an impressionable, delicate stage in their lives.

Taking risks allows them to escape from the daily pressures in their lives. Whether it is pressure from a hateful bully, non-attentive parent, divorce in the family or being overwhelmed with excelling at school, all of this can add up to having a teen vulnerable to using drugs to escape.


Teen Heroin Addict

Sometimes, regardless of a parent or role model's valiant efforts, teenage addiction to drugs still takes hold. Because not everyone is schooled at identifying drug abuse, here are a few warning signs in teenagers that might signal drug use:

  • Moodiness or behavior issue
  • Change in appetite and sleeping pattern
  • A new set of less-than-desirable friends and/or old friends stop callin
  • Failing or dropping grade
  • Losing weigh
  • Missing valuables or money in the home (teens could be selling stuff to get drug money
  • Secretive

While these are not all the warning signs, anything that seems different or uncharacteristic of the teenager should be considered. The only way that the teenage addiction cycle can be broken is through consistent, calm intervention of a trusted adult. If a teen is already into drugs, then rehabilitation and counseling are very well necessary in order to get a teen back on track again. There are many rehab programs available just for teens who have chemical dependency issues and are worth checking out for those who need help now.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

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