Teens and substance abuse Lexi Bechtel

Most teens at some point before adulthood experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many teens use drugs out of curiosity, peer pressure, stress, a need to escape or emotional troubles.

In recent years teens use of alcohol, cigarettes, synthetic drugs, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs has decreased and there has been little to no increase in the use of marijuana with teens according to multiple resources.

With that being said, there has been a high increase in the use of electronic cigarettes. More and more people are also beginning to see marijuana as not that harmful to teens and people in general.

Just because a teen uses drugs or alcohol doesn't mean they will become addicted. In fact, most that experiment with substances don't get addicted.

If your teen or someone that you know is dealing with substance abuse, here are some things that you can do. It is extremely important to stay calm when talking to them about it. Through a calm conversation, find out why they are using drugs or alcohol. Set REASONABLE limits with substance use and punishment. Teen rehab should be a last resort if nothing else works.

What you DO NOT want to do. Do not in under any circumstances get in a shouting match or argument with them, that will only make things worse. Do not set too strict of limits on drug and alcohol use or unreasonable consequences. Don't ignore them due to their use of drugs or alcohol. And most importantly, don't send them to rehab unless it is necessary or nothing else has worked.

Teen substance abuse is a very serious issue that needs to be handled very calmly and carefully. It is possible for teens to stop but they need support and help along the way.

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