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5 Reasons Your Child is Abusing Drugs

Five Reasons Why Your Child is Abusing Drugs

Many parents believe that if they raise their children right, then they will not start abusing drugs. However, that is not necessarily true. Teen drug use is an extremely common occurrence, despite the fact that most parents do the best that they can for their children.

There was a survey recently taken that asked teens about their drug and alcohol use. The results of the study were shocking. Seventy percent of the teens surveyed had used drugs within the last year, and 30 percent of them had used marijuana. Nearly 10 percent of the teens surveyed used stimulants, and 9.5 percent of them had used other opiates.

Abusing drugs can cause very serious consequences for teens, as well as adults. Declining grades, absenteeism from school and an increased risk of dropping out of high school are some of the potential problems that have been linked with teen drug use. Drug use can also have a negative impact on a person’s mental and physical health. Teens who use drugs are at an increased risk of dying from suicide, homicide, accidents or illnesses.

If you are the parent of a teenager who is using drugs, then it is important for you to understand that there are a number of factors contributing to your child’s drug use. Below are some of the reasons that teens choose to abuse drugs:

Abusing Drugs To Fit In

Almost every teen desires to be accepted by his or her peers. The desire to be accepted can cause a person to do things that he or she normally would not do. Many teens are around their peers more than they are around their parents. Therefore, peer influence may play a greater role than parental influence during the teenage years. Teens who have low self-esteem are more likely to use drugs. Sixty-five percent of teens use drugs because they want to feel better about themselves.

Furthermore, drugs can be easily accessed at school, which can make it even more tempting for a teen to use them. In fact, a 2012 study done by the National Center of Substance Abuse at Columbia University showed that 17 percent of teenagers used drugs or alcohol while they were at school. Eighty-six percent of the teens surveyed stated they knew that one of their classmates was using drugs during the school hours.

You should tell your children that they do not have to drink or use drugs to fit in with their peers. You should also encourage them to make friends with people who do not drink and use drugs.

Abusing Drugs out of Curiosity

Many teens use drugs simply because they are curious. Drug use is often glamorized on television shows and movies. It is also glamorized in music. There was a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics that suggested that advertisement may be responsible for 30 percent of adolescent drug and tobacco use.

Twenty-five percent of all music videos depict tobacco use, and 25 percent of the ads for rated R movies show tobacco use. Nearly eight percent of the ads for PG and PG-13 movies show tobacco use.

The media often does not discuss the dangers that are associated with using drugs. Additionally, the part of the brain that controls judgment is still developing during the teenage years. That is why it is so easy for teenagers to be influenced by what they see or hear in the media. You should make sure that you are aware of what your children are watching. You will also need to explain to them that real life drug and alcohol use has consequences.

To Alleviate Stress

Many teenagers are under a great deal of stress. They are busy trying to keep up with their studies and participate in extracurricular activities. They are also preparing for their futures. Furthermore, young people often feel pressured to please their parents, and that can also cause to stress.

Many teens use drugs because they think that it is a great way to cope with stress. One study done by the Partnership for a Drug America showed that 73 percent of teens use drugs to cope with stress. Only seven percent of parents believe that their children will use drugs due to stress.

You should teach your children that stress is a part of life. You should also teach them healthier ways to cope with stress. Exercising, reading, meditating and watching a funny movie or television show are some of the healthy ways that children can cope with stress.

Abusing Drugs To Rebel

Most teens naturally want to rebel against their parents and other people who are in authority. They may feel as though they know what is best for their lives and refuse to listen to anyone else. Teens may also feel like they can take risks without suffering any consequences.

One of the most important things that you can do is stay involved in your children’s lives. You should know where they are and what they are doing. If you feel that your children have not been truthful, then you should not hesitate to spy on them.

To Feel Grown Up

Many teens are anxious to feel more grown up, and they may think that using drugs and alcohol will help them feel more like an adult. If teens are around adults who abuse drugs and alcohol, then they will be more likely to use drugs. That is why it is important for you to set a good example.

Being the parent of a child who is using drugs can be quite frustrating. The good news is that there are a number of drug and alcohol rehab centers that are available to help. Inpatient drug rehab facilities will not only help your teen successfully get off drugs, but they will also prepare him or her to live a drug-free life. Many teens who have successfully completed drug rehab have gone on to live very successful lives. The earlier you seek drug treatment for your teen, the better.

14 Comments

  • Mary Row

    It is a really sad thing to know that so many peoples children are doing drugs, and now they even know the consequences. Morals have declined, and people think they can just do anything and have nothing happen to them.

  • Flaming

    Ooo I see.. I’ve improve knowledge to read this post . Its very important for every parents. please save the children for creating the next world. Drug never ever.
    Thanks for the sharing

  • Lorri Cotton

    These days, there is a very dangerous epidemic of heroin abuse. The stakes are higher, when this drug is abused and children are dropping like flies. We all have to be vigilant when it comes to our kids. If not, we could pay dearly.

  • Caleb Smith

    I didn’t do any drugs until I was out of high school. And When I decided to try, it was only partly about curiosity. Mostly, I was just looking to have fun and I knew that I could do that with drugs. Some I liked others I didn’t. Honestly, I think that in many cases, drugs can be a viable form of entertainment. I just think that there is a responsible way to go about it and right now it is almost impossible to do in this country. I would love to see full decriminalization of possession and use, and harsher punishments for laws broken by those using irresponsibly. Drink responsibly. Play responsibly. Alcohol and lotto. We can smoke weed responsibly too.

  • Alex Law

    I can’t say I fully agree with this post. This misses the most important and dangerous reason why kids get into drugs; they do it to leave this reality, to get away from the hardship of life, to get away from their divorcing parents, or confused feelings, or bullies that destroy them. They don’t know where else to go, so they go to drugs.

    Also, maybe a few references for the crazy statistics that this article claimed would definitely be nice to have. “70%” of kids have done drugs. Where did such a stat come from?

  • Jim Trefelder

    With two teens in the household, we see the daily social pressures that they experience. Additionally, drug use is now seen on tv and in the movies. Thank you for the critical reminders about staying involved in our children’s lives and educating them about stress and non-chemical methods to alleviate it.

  • Taj Bist

    Great Work! it provides every parents to save their children from the drug .

  • April Crippes

    I have seen first hand what drugs can do to a teen and their families. Families need to educate themselves and each other. A life is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Abigail Aviles

    I completely agree with this post. When I was younger I fell into the temptation of doing negative things with youth my age, simply to feel older. I now know these things are simply hurtful, not only to the body but to those who surround us. I’m glad I grew up the right way. God knows where I would be now. Thanks for this post.

  • Alex Wor

    I’m completely relate. The first time I drank alcohol was because I thought it would make me feel, “grown up.” This is information that parents definitely need to be aware of, I wish mine had.

  • Al Lip

    It’s the availability that fuels the issue.

  • George O'Brien

    As a retired high school teacher I observed the stress of high school juniors and seniors. With GPAs so astronomically high, competition for best colleges is intense. I wonder if parents, who are understandably worried, can help their high school child find relief for the stress? Do they ever get a chance to talk about it?

  • Didi Smith

    Yeah, I can see this. I remember when I was a teenager, drug use was the thing to do and I remember wanting to do them for a lot of them above reasons. I wanted to fit in, I was curious, I was rebellious so I can see how other teenagers will do the same. At my time there was no drug education classes, etc and my parents did not talk to use about this. They just knew we would just not do them. We know that is not the case now and the amount of peer pressure out kids have to deal with is pretty intense. It’s hard to say no when all of your friends are doing it and are pushing you to do the same. I saw my son go through this, luckily he didn’t get involved with drugs but the pressure was intense for him. He lost friends, got bullied and was talked bad about it. My heart broke for him but knew that he was doing the right thing and I was happy for that. All parents need to really educate their kids and be there for them when they experience any backlash they receive for not getting involved.

  • carcol

    It’s the same story that has been occurring over every lifetime. Kids will do things that they know they’re not supposed to do as a way of rebellion and cutting the ties to their parents and starting out on their own. It would be great if they could find a way to do this that did not include using drugs. But there is so much peer pressure out there, it is hard to not get involved. I think the key is finding something that your kid is really interested in and doing whatever it takes to get them involved in that activity to that they are not just hanging around with nothing to do. This is what I did with my son and it helped a lot. It wasn’t like he didn’t get pressure to do drugs, he was just too involved in sports to do it. He knew that if he did, it would interfere with the sports he wanted to be a part of. Finding this thing for your kid could have the same result.

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