Drugs and Teenagers

Drugs and Teenagers

How do you know your teenager is experimenting with drugs?

What do you do when you discover your teenager is experimenting with drugs? What happens to the teenager who first started experimenting with drugs and then becomes addicted? What are the risks of drugs and teenagers? Where can you get help for your teenager?

Drugs and Teenagers Having Fun Sober after coming out of RehabTeenagers Experimenting with Drugs and Addictive Substances

Teenagers like to experiment with new and unfamiliar things. Some will go to drugs and addictive substances just to experiment. As a parent, you decide how to educate your teenager about drug use. To completely ignore it, won’t make it go away. Kids become exposed to drugs at a young age, and it’s your job to make sure that you talk to your child about the risks and dangers of drugs, before their friends do.

Peer pressure plays a very big role in teenagers and drug abuse. Drug use in teens usually starts out as experimentation and can quickly turn into an addiction.

Drug Addiction in Teenagers

One of the more serious substance abuse problems in Southern Africa is teenage Drug Addiction.
Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can help avert a lifetime of drug abuse.

The Teenage Drug Addiction Problem

Unfortunately, many teens think trying drugs and alcohol to be part of growing up, notwithstanding the substantial risk the tragic cost. Teens are introduced to drug use through friends or even legal prescriptions and then begin to use drugs for “fun”. Once teens begin experimenting with drugs as a result of peer pressures or they become curious after listening to a musician referencing drug use it downhill for most teens. Even aquiring drugs by stealing from their parents’ medicine cabinetswhatever the process adolescent first begins substance abuse, teenage drug addiction is a very real risk.

10 Common responses to why 1 in 5 teens admit to recreational drug use include:

  1. To fit in
  2. To relieve stress
  3. Easy access to drugs
  4. Poor impulse control
  5. Genetic predisposition to drug abuse
  6. To find balance between responsibilities
  7. To self-medicate mental or emotional problems
  8. To explore their curiosity
  9. Dependence and addiction
  10. Easy availability

Some of the most commonly used drugs among teens include:

  1. Opioids
  2. Benzodiazepines
  3. Cocaine
  4. Marijuana
  5. Ecstasy
  6. Methamphetamines
  7. Synthetic Marijuana
  8. Inhalants
  9. Adderall
  10. Anabolic Steroids

If you need help with drugs and your teenager, phone us for a consultation. Houghton House has many treatment options available to you and your teenager.

Houghton House teen drug treatment centre is located in JHB, South Africa. The treatment services that form the group are specialized in alcohol and drug addiction problems and have been assisting teens to overcome their addiction problems for over fifteen years.

The high success rates and world class treatment centre has not only helped teens but attracted patients from everywhere.

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