Teen Substance Abuse – Drugs And Alcohol

Substance abuse is a serious, possibly life threatening problem for addicts of any age. However, regardless of gender, background, culture or age, teenage substance abuse is extremely dangerous. A teenager’s brain is not completely developed. So, teens are more susceptible to addictions.

Substances Abused
There is a vast array of substances that a teenager may abuse such as non-prescription diet pills, cold and sleep medications, as well as aerosol fumes and/or glue. The most commonly abused illegal drugs include:
· Alcohol
· Ecstasy
· Heroin
· Marijuana
· Cocaine
· Methamphetamine
· LSD
· Barbiturates
· Crack Cocaine

Signs and Symptoms
If your teenager is abusing drugs and/or alcohol, there are usually noticeable changes in moods, behaviors, choice of friends and appearance. You may notice a decline in interactions with family and school performance, as well as noticing that money or valuables are missing. Teenagers with substance abuse problems will typically have deteriorated appearances. This will also participate in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex or self-injury. You may notice change in appetites and sleeping patterns, mood swings, unusual odors on their body or clothing, their use of perfumes and air fresheners frequently.

Common symptoms your teenager may be abusing alcohol and/or drugs include depression, anxiety, hopelessness, withdrawal from friends and family and a negative attitude. If you notice any changes in your teenager and suspect they may have an addiction or is abusing drugs, it is important to be aware of any changes in their physical health. Abusing drugs and/or alcohol can have serious consequences including breathing problems, becoming unconscious, severe vomiting, seizures and death.

Recognizing Abuse
The majority of teenagers are unable to recognize when they have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. However, when they do realize there is a problem, many assume they can overcome the addiction without outside help. It is extremely difficult to overcome an addiction without professional help. In many cases, withdrawing and attempting to quit without help can cause serious physical and mental health problems.

Prevention
Although preventing teenage substance abuse is not always possible, there are many preventative measures that parents, teenagers and communities can take. As a parent, it is important to set a good example. Talk to your teenager about substance abuse, the consequences and the effects substances can have on their health. Monitor your teenager’s activities, friends and behaviors. It is not always possible to prevent substance abuse. However, by keeping the lines of communication open with your teenager, you may decrease the risk of an addiction.

Treatment
There are several treatment options available for teenagers with substance abuse problems. Some of the most common options for treatment include residential treatment centers, counseling, medical intervention, out-patient treatment and a combination of several treatment methods.

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