It’s already clear that the teenage population within our country has a lot of trouble with the risks of drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, this problem doesn’t seem to be easing up. “Aside from drug and alcohol use, our findings have shown rates of serious rule-breaking behaviors, as well as depression and anxiety, that are two to three times those of national norms.” Clearly, adolescent addiction to drugs and alcohol is not the only issue here.
How to Approach Adolescent Addiction
Part of what is currently unknown by those who research this group is whether or not their behaviors are likely to end once the pressures of applying (and being accepted) to college have passed. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and those same students are getting into similar habits of drug and alcohol use in their college years… or are developing new ones. The data has shown that “rates were consistently elevated, relative to norms, in drinking to intoxication, and in the use of marijuana, stimulants such as Adderrall, club drugs such as ecstasy, and cocaine.”
Clearly, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome for parents, guardians, students, friends, family, lawmakers, and educators. In short, everyone has a role to pay, large or small, in changing the state of things to lower the rates of adolescent addiction. Part of that is working to ease the pressure that these young people face in their academic lives… not to mention the peer pressure that drives so many into getting involved with these dangerous substances in the first place. Therefore, there has to be some kind of give in this pressure put on these young people from guardians and peers alike, or else they’ll keep turning to drugs and alcohol as a release as a result.
Something not often considered by these same young people is that a single incident related to drugs or alcohol could damage the future that they’d been working toward, perhaps permanently. Unfortunately, this is a particularly big risk when it comes to drunk driving-related instances, since there is a lot of that among high school and college-age students.
Part of the issue is with the parents, though it’s an understandable fault. “Little scares a parent more than the prospect that her child is putting himself in danger, and acknowledging this squarely is deeply unsettling.” To have to acknowledge that your child is involved to some degree with substance use is extremely difficult. Having to deal with adolescent addiction can be unthinkable for many, and so they turn a blind eye to clues that might alert them to this fact. Though it may be heartbreaking, taking action and intervening is the only way to help them recover and to start again down the right path.
The blame cannot be placed on a single group as this situation is the responsibility of everyone involved. “For one thing, kids and parents simply cannot afford to be dismissive about substance use as just something that ‘something all kids do’ at high-achieving schools.” It makes sense that it would be so prevalent if everyone considered it to be ‘the norm,’ but if everyone thought the opposite, use would likely go down.
If your child is suffering from an adolescent addiction and you need to find help for them, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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