Being a teenager in today’s society is a challenge, to say the least. It’s a stressful time for young kids and their parents alike. No one really knows why, but substance abuse has become a part of teenager’s lives. Although most teenagers don’t necessarily become drug addicts in their later years, drug use is without a doubt risky business for teenagers. Young kids don’t realize it, but even the smallest amount of drug use (for example, alcohol and marijuana) has negative consequences. Unfortunately, school and family relationships are undoubtedly the most affected areas of drug abuse.
How Can You Tell When a Teen is Using Drugs?
Possibly the most telling sign of drug abuse is a teen’s preoccupation with drugs. Drug use overshadows all other activities and becomes a part of the teen’s daily life. Friendship groups and family relations change. Other warning signs may include the use of more dangerous drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. Since kids do their best to hide their drug use, drug detection is a big challenge for parents.
There’s no single cause for drug addiction in teens. Instead there are several pathways to his/her drug problems. It develops over time, and doesn’t necessarily begin as full-blown problem with addiction.
Some of the factors that may place teens at risk are:
Lack of supervision from parents
No communication between parents and kids about the dangers of drugs
No set rules or boundaries against drug use
Inconsistent and/or excessive discipline
Conflict in the family
A history of alcohol or dug abuse in the family
Favorable attitudes regarding drug or alcohol use from parents and peers
The following are individual risk factors
A perception of low harmfulness from drug use
Extension drug use by peers
Early detection is the key to helping kids with drug problems, and the earlier a drug user seeks help for his/her problems, the better. Now more than ever, parents need to have open communication with their children about drugs.