Recent government studies have indicated that American teens rampantly abuse both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs. Once teen drug addiction takes root, your child is at a higher risk for social problems, early death and a litany of other serious issues. Teens tend to use whatever substances they can access.
Substance use among adolescents ranges from experimentation to severe substance use disorders. All substance use, even experimental use, puts adolescents at risk of short-term problems, such as accidents, fights, unwise or unwanted sexual activity, and overdose. Adolescents are vulnerable to the effects of substance use and are at increased risk of developing long-term consequences, such as mental health disorders, underachievement in school, and a substance use disorder.
Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don't see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience.
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Teens and young adults are more inclined than adults to take risks, including smoking, drinking or using other drugs. Use of any addictive substance while the brain is still developing increases the chances of future use of that and other addictive substances. Certain symptoms and behaviors are warning signs for substance use in teens, although they may also indicate other problems, such as depression.
Know the facts and get support in order to help your teen manage the risks involved in drug and alcohol use. As a parent, you are not alone — contact Parentline in your State or Territory. Encourage your teen to contact Kids Helpline if they need additional support and somebody to talk to about their concerns.
Regrettably, many teens consider experimenting with drugs and alcohol to be an important part of growing up, despite the significant risk and many disastrous consequences. Some teens are introduced to drug use through prescriptions and then begin to use recreationally. Some teens begin experimenting with drugs as a result of friends or become curious after listening to a song referencing drug abuse.
As their children grow to pre-teens and teens, parents worry about new risks they may experience. One such risk is the use of substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs. Substance use by teens can have a big impact on their health and well-being.
You will also find information on spotting the signs and symptoms of substance use and hotlines for immediate assistance. Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual. In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, we offer information on outcome-oriented treatment that adheres to an established continuum of care.