How Alcohol & Drug Abuse Impacts Teenagers
As parents, it is important to understand how you can impact the lives of your children and teens. Along with keeping an eye on school, grades, and friend groups—it is also essential for parents to talk with their teens about substance abuse and misuse.
Many people who grow up to develop substance use disorders began illicit drug use in their youth. Some of the most common substance abuse issues affect teens as follows:
- Roughly ⅔ of students have tried alcohol by grade 12.
- About 50% of high school students have tried marijuana.
- 40% of high school students have tried smoking or tobacco products.
- 20% of high school students have taken prescription medication without a prescription.
- The most commonly abused substances by high school students are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products.
How Substance Abuse Affects Adolescents
It’s no surprise that alcohol and drug abuse can negatively impact the health and wellness of teenagers. Substance use and abuse can impact adolescents in the following ways:
- Affect physical growth and development.
- Negatively impact brain development.
- Occurs in tandem with other risky behaviors.
- Increased risks for heart disease in adulthood.
- Raises the risk of developing a sleep disorder in adulthood.
Signs and symptoms of substance abuse and misuse that parents can look out for include:
- Withdrawing from friends and family.
- Acting more secretive than normal.
- Problems with schoolwork.
- Changes in sleep pattern.
- Changes in appetite and eating habits.
- Mood swings.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Sudden changes in friendships and friend groups.
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Showing signs of anxiety and depression.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
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