In many ways, teens are susceptible to drugs more than older, more informed individuals who realize the harmful effects. Teens start drugs to deaden painful feelings, to fit in with their peers, and primarily because they don’t believe drugs are going to harm them. The effects of drugs are often pleasurable sensations, so their experience with them is positive. There is usually a fascination associated with substances that heightens a young person’s curiosity. Seldom, if ever, do they associate drugs with addictions.
Teens are Susceptible to Drugs Because of More Than Peer Pressure
Sadly in our society, young people can suffer a lot of mental and physical trauma. One of the reasons teens are susceptible to drugs so much more today is that they are supposedly the cure-all that can help them deal with everything. Teens deal with bad home lives, emotional abuse, relationships that have gone wrong, or any number of factors that can cause them turmoil. Sometimes their problems are just not feeling loved or wanted. Drugs may be used in those situations just to evoke some attention from the adults in their life.
Our society relies a lot on getting the word out on products. Drug companies are no different and advertise their products and the pain-relieving effects they enhance. The radio, TV, and Internet all promote these products, and the media are all part of the teens’ everyday activities.
What Effects do Drugs Have on the Mind?
Drugs literally can be poison and how much a person takes decides the effect. They directly affect the mind and distort the user’s perception of what is going on around them. Drugs block off most sensations while giving short-term pain relief. Sometimes those effects are physical, often emotional. In a young adult, they are an escape, even if temporary from something or someone.
How Many Young Adults and Teens are Addicted?
Research recently conducted on alcoholism and drug abuse among teenagers showed on average they begin with alcohol at age 11 for boys and age 13 for girls. Other related statistics on how teens are susceptible to drugs:
- Forty percent of teens who started drinking at age 13 developed an addiction to alcohol later in life.
- One in four school seniors says they drink on a daily basis.
- Thirty-three percent of teens experience problems at home and school that are a result of substance abuse.
- Those that use marijuana more than 50 times before age 18 have an increased rate of developing schizophrenia later in life.
- Young adults who smoke marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than non-smoking peers.
Unfortunately, far too many of these teens continue using and abusing until any hope they may have had for a lucrative future are entirely gone.
Don’t Do It Alone
Battling addictions is extremely hard and is not something anyone should attempt on their own. Detoxification and withdrawals should be monitored by a trained professional to see you through the process. Once you have an awareness of the addiction and the effect it is having on both your mental and physical well-being, a therapist can help you with the other parts of your life that are the trigger points for the use, and help you learn how to cope with them, without drugs or alcohol.