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Most teens don't start using drugs expecting to develop a substance abuse problem. While most teens probably see their drug use as a casual way to have fun, there are negative effects that result from use and abuse of alcohol or other drugs. The biggest consequence to casual drug use can be that it develops into teenage drug addiction. Very few addicts recognize when they have crossed the line from casual use to addiction.
For parents of teens, there is a strong chance that your teen will be exposed to drugs and alcohol. There is also a good chance that your teen will try drugs according to drug statistics from the National Institute on Drug.
Drugs and alcohol kill the pain of an ordinary mundane life. They destroy the physical and emotional pain by changing the addict’s perception of reality. In a way, drugs and alcohol make the drug addict or alcoholic numb to the pain, unhappiness, or hopelessness that their life has become.
What is teenage drug addiction? Teenage drug addiction 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. Addiction can be physical and/or psychological dependence of a chemical substance.
If your family is suffering with teenage drug addiction, using the tips below can provide you with facts about how to proceed. The sooner you can recognize that your child or your friend is abusing alcohol or other drugs, the sooner you can 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. Addiction treatment programs specializing in teens can help your child build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.
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 teenage drug addiction. 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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