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Rising Teen addiction and What YOU can do.

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If you suspect that your son/daughter is using illegal drugs or drinking, you are not alone. More than half of parents these days are generally concerned that their children will experiment with illegal substances no matter what their grades or popularity at school may be like.

In today’s world, teens have access to many different harmful substances that can be not only addictive but detrimental to their brain development.  Just like adults, more and more teens are using and or experimenting with different substances to help escape their “problems” and daily concerns.Teenage Depression

Other teens are using substances as a way to “fit in” with the rest of their peers.  That’s why it’s crucial for parents, teachers and other adults to understand how the teenage brain works and how to identify signs of experimentation or drug abuse.

Teens may think that drugs and alcohol are the cure to their problems but what they don’t realize though is the dark and dangerous path that drug experimentation leads to is not exactly going to help them steer clear of their issues. Once these teens start smoking cigs, they start smoking weed. Then the alcohol abuse begins and the underage drinking fines can land some teens in a neck high load of trouble.

Marijuana has always been said to be the ‘gateway drug’ and I strongly agree with that. They may think ‘oh, well its just a little weed, what could it hurt?’ but that kind of thought process is one that you then access EVERY TIME your faced with a new drug. ‘Oh well I did try weed and nothing happened, so why not a little cocaine?’ Once that initial boundary is crossed its hard to find the same mentality as you had before.

You may ask yourself, what can I do to prevent my teen from becoming so irresponsible and naive? It is simple, recognition is the first step. Combined with the knowledge to do better, it can make approaching your son/daughter much easier and provide less tension.

Explore the world of drug abuse on your own time and have the necessary knowledge prepared for that big talk with your teen.

Teaching your teen to “just say no” is not enough these days. Education, communication and knowledge of what’s going on in today’s society is the key to saving a teenagers life.

Written by Daniel

February 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm