Teen Substance Use & Abuse
One of the most difficult aspects of being a teenager is not succumbing to peer pressure. Despite what the commercials portray, "just say no" can be extremely difficult to utilize. If you have started using drugs with your friends, or are considering it, please remember that these substances are extremely harmful to your long-health. Plus, it is also more difficult for teens to overcome addiction due to your developing brain. Using drugs at a young age can lead to a setback in your brain development, as drug use can affect your impulse control, reasoning, and judgment.
Trying to fit in a new peer group is not the only reason you may be tempted to use alcohol and drugs. Many teens incorrectly think that drugs can be a way of coping with depression or a way to eradicate their boredom. Furthermore, many use drugs in an effort to gain attention from their parents, while some are simply are curious and want to experiment. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol begins a gradual descent that could lead to a serious drug problem and all of the inherent issues that come with it.
If you find yourself heading down a slippery slope, please tell your parents or another responsible adult. Seeking professional help in the form of a therapist or a counselor could be very beneficial. The most difficult and mature thing that you can do is realizing you need help. The second hardest part is asking for it.
If you are too far down a dark path and want to take control back of your life and future, you may want to look into a entering a residential treatment center or a boarding school. These places are not only devoid of access to drugs and alcohol, but they can also set the foundation needed to make the necessary changes in your life. Please remember, it's never too late to turn your life around. Sometimes you just need to let someone push you in the right direction. A change in routine could be exactly what you need to overcome your issues with drugs and alcohol.