How do teens become addicts?
teens use drugs as a way to have fun or fit in with peers. Drugs make them feel
good and relieve the stress of school, social situations, home
life and growing up. But what begins as seemingly innocent substance use can
quickly lead to addiction.
teens become addicts, they may lose friends, develop health problems, experience
mood swings and memory loss, behave badly, fail in school, lose motivation and
isolate themselves from family and friends. Despite these consequences, teens
often deny having a problem.
Teen substance abuse is an
a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia
University (CASA) revealed that teen smoking, drinking, prescription drug and illegal
drug abuse is an epidemic. The study examined how messages sent by adults and the
media normalize substance use, thus undermining teens’ health and futures.
study also found that:
percent of Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started
smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18
- 1 in 4
Americans who began using any addictive substance before age 18 developed an
addiction, compared to 1 in 25 Americans who started using at age 21 or older
separate, 2010 survey of high school students found that:
percent of all high school students have used addictive substances including
tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine
- 1 in 5
high school students meet the medical criteria for addiction, with nearly
one-half of them using addictive substances
Treating teen addiction.
teen addiction and abuse is a rising and serious problem, lifelong recovery is attainable. The professional staff can help Caron can help—contact