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Teen Drug Use Reasoning as Reported by Teens

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There is no question that the adolescent population in America is in danger based on the widespread status of addiction. It’s often difficult for people (parents in particular) to understand the basis of teen drug use, to figure out why a son or daughter or friend might turn to substances. Part of helping them to heal and to be healthy is a foundation of understanding for all involved.

What Are the Reasons for Teen Drug Use?

Why do some young people turn to alcohol and drugs while others vehemently refuse? There are differing levels of use and concern between these two groups, but the question still remains: what makes one adolescent more or less equipped to face temptation than another? Some hypothesize that it has to do with confidence, happiness at home, better coping skills, or a healthier lifestyle all around. Whatever the case, this may be the key to truly curtailing teen drug use going forward.

In asking the young people themselves, many teens say that they opt for drug use because of the image it seems to offer. In popular culture, substance use has been portrayed as “cool” and “edgy.” The way that these “products” are advertised and marketed is strategic, purposeful, and often successful in enticing their target population. “Studies have shown many teens who see drugs being used in the media begin to associate use as not being a big deal,” but of course, it’s a huge deal if it leads to injury, addiction, and so may other consequences.

Unfortunately, another reason offered to explain the prevalence of teen drug use is that it is used as an escape. These adolescents and young adults, typically in high school or college, are faced with the immense pressures that come with these particular years. Between academic and home stress (whether with family or on campus), they find themselves more and more wearied by the every day. The physical effects of drugs and alcohol seem to take them out of this unpleasant situation, at least for as long as they’re addled. Naturally, this is not a long-term solution, or even a solution at all, as it only masks the reality of the situation and reduces their ability to cope with the inevitability of growing up.

In a similar way, since mental health statistics are shockingly bleak for this age group, substances are also used to “help” with the difficulty of disorders like depression. They are drawn in by the promise of relief from these struggles, however temporary, and turn to their use more and more frequently. Unfortunately, all this is made worse by the fact that there is not comprehensive-enough mental health care for high school and college students.

It’s no secret that peer pressure and a desire for social status and general acceptance are big parts of what it means to be a teenager. Teen drug use, therefore, is often instigated as a step in this process. Someone who isn’t necessarily interested in the effects of these substances may participate in their use in order to “fit in.” If friends are starting to drink, or if there is smoking at a party, he or she might join so as not to isolate him or herself. This is a crucial time in these young people finding themselves and growing into adults and, sadly, it’s often influenced in a negative way by exposure to alcohol and drugs.

Do everything you can for your teen to keep them from traveling down a dangerous road. To learn more about teen drug use and how to help young people with addictions, 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, including medication management strategies.  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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