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Adolescents with Addiction Lack Sensitivity

Adolescents with Addiction and Teen Drug and Alcohol Use - the Bergand Group

It’s no mystery that the effects of teen drug and alcohol use branch out into a variety of other areas of the user’s life, whether it affects their family, their partners, their profession, or a slew of other things.  Adolescents with addiction clearly fall more easily into making not only unhealthy, but dangerous decisions regarding sex, driving, and other behaviors made incredibly risky by the presence of drugs or alcohol.

The Need for Awareness Among Adolescents with Addiction

“Developmental psychologists… found that these behaviors seem to be driven by a lack of awareness and concern for others.”  It’s no wonder, given that using these substances in excess, or even in moderation, in some cases, simply prevents these young people from being able to experience concern for others, never mind what they may or may not do while sober.  It’s difficult enough taking a demographic that is stereotypically less likely to go out of their way to aid someone else, but when the influence of drugs or alcohol are added, it becomes even more unlikely.  As a result, adolescents with addiction are far less likely to have an awareness of how their actions may be impacting others, or even themselves.  The lack of concern and conscientiousness extends from not attending to the needs of others to not noticing what they may be doing to themselves, or the danger that they may walk into within teen drug and alcohol use.

Risk of overdose and hospitalization isn’t the only peril involved for adolescents with addiction.  Often, they are consequently involved in driving under the influence, which can badly injure themselves and others, or unprotected sex, which can result in STDs, unwanted pregnancy, or sexual violence.  Without a real notion of consequence for themselves and others, teen drug and alcohol use controls their experience and frequently just “go with the flow” of how they’re feeling and act on impulse.

Fortunately, researchers are looking into changing these major issues among adolescents with addiction and have said that changing “awareness of how behaviors impact others” “is a first step toward recovery.”  Encouraging young people while they’re sober to get more involved in activities that aid others, such as volunteer work, can begin to have an effect on how they think and behave while intoxicated, as research “has shown that volunteering cuts in half both a teen’s risk of relapse and risk of arrest for adult addicts.”  It may not have an immediate effect, particularly if their addiction is more severe or has existed for a long time, but change is absolutely possible.  Once the focus is really, firmly placed on the impact that actions have on others and how those decisions can also affect the teen’s life, the real change toward adjusted awareness can begin.

Sensitivity is a crucial piece of addiction whether it’s related to a teen looking out for others or loved ones relating to adolescents with addiction.  If you are struggling with addiction, or if someone you care about is struggling with teen drug and alcohol use, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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