Many teens try alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, but using these substances is very dangerous and illegal. Some teens try these substances only a few times and have the strength to stop and realize its not right. Others cannot control their urges or cravings they may have. This is substance abuse.Teens may try a number or substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, household chemicals (inhalants), prescription and medicines they may get from friends, or just buy over the counter. Marijuana is the illegal drugs that teens will use more often then most. Some parents will ask themselves “Why would my teen or any teen experiment with drugs or alcohol?” Teens will do drugs or alcohol for many reasons. They may want to do it because it is the “cool thing” and think they have to do it to fit in with there friends. They may also take a drug or drink alcohol because they like th way it makes them feel. Many teens feel like drinking or using drugs makes them grown up. Teens ten to try new things and take the high risks, and they may take drugs or drink alcohol because they are looking for there next high, its exciting to them. Teens with family members who have problems with alcohol or other drugs are more likely to have serious substance abuse problems. Also, teens who feel like they are disconnected or not valued by their parents are at the greater risk. Teens may have poor self-esteem or emotional or mental health problems, such as depression, that is also greater risks. Some signs of drug or alcohol abuse may be Red eyes, new health complaints, such as being tired. When your teen seems less and less involved with school, and family. Maybe you see a dramatic decrease in grades, or he/she is missing classes more and more. Maybe their friends have less or no interest in meeting the family or have nothing to do with school To keep your child from experimenting with drugs or alcohol be sure to talk openly and honestly with one another, keeping a healthy home life may prevent your teen from experimenting. You can help prevent substance abuse by using some of our tips: Talk to your child about what you would expect them to do when they are put in a situation to try drugs or alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Keep your teen busy with meaningful activities, such as sports they are interested in, maybe some church programs, or other groups. Expect your teen to follow the household rules. Set reasonable penalties for his/her behavior, and be consistent. Be involved in your teens life. If you or anyone you know needs professional help or just someone to talk to please call our specialist Greg Hitchcock at 866-439-8112 Aritcles:Recovery for Young Adults | At the CrossroadsTroubled Girl Programs | Falcon Ridge RanchTeen Drug Use: Heroin Addicts Starting Younger and Can Start with MarijuanaParents Seeking Help for Teenage AddictsTroubled Teen Help | Storm Ridge Ranch
When adolescent boys and girls are at-risk with substance abuse, or behavioral issues, behavior modification programs, as well as cognitive therapy, can result in the positive changes he or she needs for a long lasting transformation.