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High School Drug Abuse

High school drug abuse is an ever increasing problem in the United States. Teens are abusing everything from street drugs like cocaine and heroin to over the counter cold medicines such as Robitussin and Nyquil to get high. Most teens don't start using drugs with the expectation that they will develop a drug abuse problem. While they probably see their drug use as a casual way to have fun, there are negative effects that result from casual drug use. One of the biggest consequences to casual drug use can be that it develops into high school drug abuse. Very few teens recognize when they have crossed the line from casual use to drug abuse and addiction.

For parents of teens, there is a strong chance that your son or daughter may be exposed to high school drug abuse. There is also a good change that your teen will try drugs. Drugs and alcohol kill the pain of an ordinary mundane life. They destroy the physical and emotional pain by changing the user's perception of reality. In a way, drugs and alcohol make the drug user numb to the pain, unhappiness, or hopelessness that their life has become.

What is high school drug abuse?

It is a loss of control combined with the compulsive use of mind-altering chemicals. This is coupled with the inability to stop using drugs despite the fact that using is causing problems with one's life. Drug abuse can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence of a chemical substance.

Drug Abuse Treatment

Is your family suffering with high school drug abuse? The tips below can provide you with facts about how to proceed. The sooner you recognize that your child or your friend is abusing alcohol or other drugs, the sooner you can encourage them to seek help. If you notice changes in behavior, changes in friends, lying about after school or weekend activities, changes in mood, or depression, your teen might have a problem with substance abuse. If you or someone you care about has a drug problem, talk to them about it and encourage them to get help. Drug abuse treatment programs specializing in teens can help your child build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

  • Don't be afraid to be open-minded and honest. This is what family unity is all about.
  • Talk about how you feel. You may be worried, scared, and frightened. When you talk to your teen, try not to be judgmental or angry because your child will probably have a defensive reaction.
  • Talk about what you have personally observed. Instead of making judgments or discussing rumors, seek the truth.
  • Timing is important. Find a safe time where you can talk freely with your teenager.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel that a member of your family is in trouble, there is probably a reason you feel this way. This feeling not wrong, it only shows that you are concerned.

Only by acknowledging that there is a problem can you finally begin an earnest search for the help that your family needs to heal and recover from the ravages of high school drug abuse. Don't give up! If your first attempt to help your child doesn't have the desired effect that you have hoped for, don't be discouraged. Try a different approach and find help from a professional who specializes in serving youth to make meaningful choices.

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