Generally, when we think of people struggling with substance abuse we think of adults. It’s important to remember that this isn’t always the case. Rather, teen drug abuse is a growing problem that has far-reaching effects. Moreover, it’s not something that happens to “those other teens,” but instead occurs right here, even in the best neighborhoods. What do you need to know about this face of drug abuse today?
Two Years: The Time it Takes a Teen to Graduate from Opioid Painkillers to Heroin
A social effect of the mounting opioid drug problem is the growing heroin epidemic. Opioids, which serve as gateway drugs, include OxyContin and Vicodin. The overwhelming majority of addicted teens explain that they started taking opioids about two years before they switched to heroin. Some continue to use both drugs simultaneously.
8th Grade: 28% of Teens Have Had Alcohol
Society isn’t immune to the fallout of America’s teen drug abuse. Experts suggest that alcohol plays a significant role in the deaths of teens and young adults ranging in age from 15 to 24. The leading causes of death for this demographic include alcohol-fueled accidents, murders, and suicides.
62.8%: High School Seniors Who Lack Information to Combat Teen Drug Abuse
Physical effects of abusing drugs sometimes come in through the backdoor. In this case, it may simply be a lack of information, understanding, or belief in scientific research. Cases in point are the 63% of high school seniors who believe that e-cigarettes contain only flavoring.
A Lifetime: Mental Effects of Early Onset Drug Use
Scientists understand an addiction to be a chronic brain disorder with a high relapse potential. The earlier the cycle of substance abuse begins in life, the more likely it is that individuals will relapse. Currently, addiction programs work hard to help teens overcome substance abuse and prevent future relapses with holistic therapy and similar modalities.
50%: High School Seniors Who Believe One-time Stimulant Abuse is Okay
There’s also a spiritual effect of drug abuse in the teen years. As opposed to their elders, who identify with a black and white mentality when it comes to right and wrong, teens blur the lines. Half of them believe it’s okay to dabble with illicit drugs like cocaine once or twice. As a result, there’s a distinct breakdown of communication between generations, which family therapy seeks to address at the rehab level.
Crestview Recovery works with individuals struggling with all types of drug addictions. Programs include intensive outpatient access, aftercare, and partial hospitalization. Don’t give a substance the power to control your life. Call 866-252-0531 today for real help with getting on the road to recovery!