A few decades ago, 18 was considered old enough to buy and consume alcoholic beverages in the United States. In 1982, the state of Maryland raised that age limit to 21, amid a flood of opponents. One of the biggest arguments against the change had to do with the fact that 18-year-olds could join the military but no longer buy alcoholic beverages. However, one of the main reasons for the raise in the legal drinking age was the tremendous loss of teenage lives due to alcohol-related car accidents. The new age limit was accepted into law, to the delight of parents across the state, but teen substance abuse problems still existed, and continue to exist today.

The Modern Truth of Teen Substance Abuse

This change did not bring about the end teenage drinking, nor was it expected to. It did, however, make it harder for teens to legally purchase alcohol, causing fewer deaths on the highway.

Teen substance abuse, whether tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, remains a serious threat to our society. Before they are mentally able to make good decisions regarding maintaining proper health and drug use, many teens are already in the throes of addiction. Once the addiction takes control of their lives, reason takes a back seat. Often, teenagers remain under the influence of severe addiction well into their adult lives, some of which never recover.

Finding Help for Addiction

Substance abuse, at any age, can be a death sentence for those affected. It spreads quickly from the afflicted to those who love them, ruining families and creating mountains of grief for those left behind. But teen substance abuse doesn’t have to end in death. The Bergand Group specializes in addiction treatment and provides the best treatment center in the Baltimore area for those fighting drug addiction at any stage in life. With more than 20 years of experience treating addiction promoting good mental health, our therapists are ready to set you on the road to a better life. Contact The Bergand Group today to find the help you or a loved one desperately needs.

If you are a parent seeking solutions for teen substance abuse, please contact The Bergand Group today. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and 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.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.