6 Hints Your Teen Is Vulnerable To Teenage Drug Abuse
Posted Jan 02 2011 11:01am
Do you wonder if your teen is vulnerable to develop teenage drug abuse- smoking pot every day, dabbling in pain pills, cocaine, occasional ecstasy? You know your teen well and maybe have already observed some problems with impulsivity and a tendency toward poor, self-destructive decisions. Sometimes you wonder if your teen gives any thought ahead of time to the decisions he does make.
Here are 6 hints your teen may be headed towards trouble with teenage drug use:
1. If your teen already is drinking frequently or already is suffering from teenage alcoholism . This is a significant risk factor for teenage drug abuse.
2. If your teen is lonely.
3. If your teen has low self -esteem.
4. If anxiety, depression, or attention deficit disorder is present , there is a risk your teen will self-medicate any symptoms from these with drugs or alcohol.
5. If there has been a divorce or loss of someone important in your teen’s life, this can lead to teenage drug use to numb overwhelming feelings in an attempt to cope.
6. An alcoholic parent or a parent with drug abuse issues is one of the strongest predictors for teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse. Your teen may have inherited genetics from an alcoholic parent which puts them at risk in addition to the environmental influence of one or both parents modeling drug or alcohol abuse.
The good news is that the risk factors for teenage drug use can be addressed one by one. . Obviously, you can’t change genetics, but it is not uncommon for a parent to choose to go into recovery when their teen or young adult child is in trouble for teenage alcoholism or teenage abuse.
If your child suffers from any mental health disorder which often is the root of an addiction problem, get your teen professional help.This includes trouble with teenage alcoholism. Find an addiction psychiatrist who can prescribe medication and a therapist for talk therapy. A therapist can also help your teen with issues of loneliness, poor self-esteem, and an unstable home situation. If your teen is having trouble fitting in, consider a Church group, a sports team, music lessons. Get involved with one of their interests. If your teen needs a tutor to help with academics, talk to their school.