Do you worry about the kind of company your teenager keeps in school? Do you panic when you read or hear about a friend’s teenage child undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation centre for addiction to alcohol or drugs? Well, it is important for you to know that such behaviour of teenagers is because of the adolescence phase that they are going through.
Adolescence is that phase when a person is transitioning from a child into an adult. During this time, the brain is still figuring out the physical as well as mental changes taking place within. The urge to explore things and take risks is at its maximum at this stage. As a result, a lot of adolescents are tempted to take drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Peer pressure and the need for inclusion in certain peer groups contribute to this.
In order to understand this problem better, here are some statistics. The 2012 data from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment showed that there were over 3 million drug addicts in India, excluding alcohol dependents, out of the 243 million drug users worldwide.
But, let not the data dishearten us; we can certainly help our adolescents out of addiction with proper intervention. Here’s what Robert Downey Jr. of the Iron Man fame who was involved in substance abuse as a youth said in an article published in Huffington Post. He confessed that it only leaves a person “defenceless”. He said, “The only way out of that hopeless state is intervention.” Apart from this, a good social support system is essential as well.
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Some of us live in a society that makes it look cool to use drugs. Other societies do not entertain drugs at all, and teens are less likely to fall victim to drugs. Wherever you are, these facts will help.
Teenagers take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. Research shows that people take drugs mainly for these reasons.
Marijuana (street names: Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joint, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, green, sinsemilla, skunk, weed etc) Health Risks: Cough, frequent respiratory infections; possible mental health decline; addiction
Sometimes your close friends keep telling you to do something (like dye your hair) because they are all doing it. Pressure is the feeling that you are being pushed toward making a certain choice—good or bad. This is peer (A peer is someone in your...
Drinking (even small quantities) can affect your mood and your thinking. This can cause you to hurt others, get you into legal trouble, and damage your relationships. You can also harm your body now and when you grow up and also get you addicted.
Cigarettes smoking among teens is a part of drug abuse. Fact. Teens start smoking because of various reasons...
Second-hand smoke is made up of the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette or pipe, and the smoke that is blown into the air by the person smoking.
Very clear, explicit laws on drug abuse exist in every nation. Some nations have very hard laws and sentences. You can spend a lifetime in jail, or many years including huge fines that can potentially damage your finances for life.
Take some time off everything and get to know yourself some more. Think about the bright future ahead of you. Think of your lovely family, friends and people you love most.
Helping yourself and someone you love, Lets start with you. If you have tried to use any kind of drug, and feel bad about it, or feel it is on your mind to try it again, or you are still doing it, speak to your parents or a trusted adult immediat...
Drugs Can make you feel high and happy FALSE. Drugs, including alcohol, affects your brain, and makes you lose control and judgement. This means you may feel lighter and forget a problem for a moment.
Every day, almost 3,900 children under 18 years of age try their first cigarette, and more than 950 of them will become new, regular daily smokers. Half of them will ultimately die from their habit.