Teenagers and Drug Abuse Essay
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It has been discovered that most people who struggle with drug addiction began experimenting with drugs in their teens. Teenage drug abuse is one of the largest problems in society today and the problem grows and larger every year. Drugs are a pervasive force in our culture today. To expect kids not to be influenced by the culture of their time is as unrealistic as believing in the tooth fairy (Bauman 140). Teens may feel pressured by their friends to try drugs, they may have easy access to drugs, they may use drugs to rebel against their family or society, or they may take an illegal drug because they are curious about it or the pleasure that it gives them. After interviewing my teenage cousin whom has been in several altercations…show more content…
My teenage cousin advised me that after she passed the stage of being pressured by her peers to use drugs and alcohol, she began using it to make her feel better because she was suffering from depression. Depression is the result of chemical imbalance and environmental influence. Drugs and alcohol are the most readily available methods of emotional anesthesia, if not on hand; they would find a substitute (Henican 141). She would use drugs when she would think about her incarcerated dad that has been in and out of her life from birth. Her family members would try to encourage her and would often tell her, “If you continue to do the things that you are doing, you will end up like your dad incarcerated.” She rebels against her mother and stepfather when they try to correct her and discipline her. She doesn’t like to follow the rules at home or school and acts like she doesn’t do anything wrong. Something psychologically is really going on with her mentally, that is one of the side effects that drugs causes. Seeing there is no way out feeling lonely like no one cares and no prospects for improvement leads to depression. Depression is something that many teens deal with during their lives. Some teens isolate themselves from their families by going in their rooms, staying out late, not eating and a bad grade or because of an argument with parents or friends – they may use more drugs than
Show MoreA teenager is likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, especially during high school. Some teenagers try it and do not like it, others love it. This love for drugs and alcohol becomes a regular activity, and then a teen may become dependent on the drug or drink, and can progress to addiction. These stages of substance abuse affect one's relationships, health and ambitions.
Families and friends are devastated when their loved ones resort to drugs and alcohol. Relationships are ruined when someone is addicted to escaping reality by distorting their mind because an addict will steal and lie to get their next high. Parents want to help, but it reaches a point where they cannot tolerate the mischievous behavior any longer. Friends…show more content…
It has been found by many researchers that relationships and drug use are related. According to Andreas Schindler, and other researchers, mothers and fathers have a great impact on their child’s behavior. There are an excess of parents who are preoccupied and do not have time for their children, and there are others who cannot support them. This leaves the children to have less discipline in their life, making it more likely for them to use substances. There are also parents who are fully supportive and their children still use drugs, but it is less likely. (Schindler, A. 2007: Family)
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that teens with stronger family ties are at a lower risk to use substances, and have substance-abusing friends. While an adolescent with weak family ties is 20% likely to use marijuana, a teen with strong family ties is only at a 5% risk to try weed. Teens with strong family ties have a very high percentage of excellent relationships with their parents, and spend time with them. Weak family ties show bad relationships with parents, terrible communication, and very little time spent together. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia, U. 2010).
Alia Butlera’s findings are in consonance with the previous sources. Teenagers who misuse substances set adverse patterns for younger relatives. When one sibling uses