Drugs are substances created for health benefits. It alters or stimulates chemical reactions in our bodies. Doctors prescribe them to cure, diagnose and promote wellness.
Drugs are usually swallowed, injected, or inhaled. They are beneficial as long as they are not used in excess.
Many drugs get into the bloodstream and affect the brain, dulling or intensifying the senses. They might change how tired or alert one might feel and hinder the ability to make reasonable decisions.
If a peer or their best friend offers them alcohol and drugs, chances are they will accept if they are susceptible to social pressure.
Teens often use alcohol or drugs because it helps them deal with the symptoms of anxiety or depression.
To cope with the school pressure and meet the expectations of their peers, parents, or teachers, teens might use stimulants and performance-enhancing drugs.
Self-Medication & Escapism
To Feel Grown Up
Statistic of Drug Abuse Among Teens
Teenagers are naturally curious. They might want to know how it feels to be drunk or high.
Some drink or smoke because they want to feel grown-up. The very idea of using illicit drugs seems thrilling to them.
– Kids as young as 8th graders are often seen drinking and smoking – 50% of teens have consumed drugs – 43% of college students use illicit drugs – 86% of teens are socializing with substance abusers
Alcohol - The most abused substance in LA.
Marijuana - A psychoactive drug with the active additives of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cocaine - A white powdery substance used due to its euphoric stimulant effects.
Crack Cocaine - a yellowish rock simply as “crack.” It is smoked to have an instant, intense, and short-lasting effect.
Marijuana and Heroin are thought to be the most abused substances, but in reality, it is alcohol. is the most widely used drug among teens, and its related issues are the number one health problem in the United States.
Depressants are drugs that affect the neurons of the central nervous system (CNS) and impede their normal functions. The symptoms are drowsiness, decreased inhibition, relaxation, anesthesia, coma, in the worst-case scenarios, death.
Stimulants cause appetite loss, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate and body temperature.
Hallucinogens can be made from mushrooms and plants or be synthetic and human-made.
1. Cannabis or Marijuana
3. GHB / Fantasy
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug with the additive delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Hashish is a concentrated formula of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is produced from the same plants that yield marijuana.
Gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, is a depressant that slows down the function of the central nervous system and the communication between the body and the brain.
Alcohol is one of the most used drugs by teens that are widely accessible, and also very popular needs little introduction.
This stimulant, also known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, combines increasing energy/alertness and creating hallucinogenic effects.
A white powdery substance used due to its euphoric stimulant effects.
Methamphetamine is a powerful and highly addictive chemical substance. Used as illegally as a stimulant, it directly affects the body's central nervous system.
1. LSD / Acid
2. Magic Mushrooms
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), commonly referred to as acid, is a form of psychedelic drug. When consumed in large doses, it affects sensory perception, intensifies thoughts and emotions, and ultimately results in hallucinations.
Psilocybin mushrooms are also used as recreational drugs.
– Hallucinations – Loss of personal identity – Increased heart rate (risk of heart attack) – Increased risk of stroke – Memory issues – Severe anxiety and paranoia – Strange behavior (psychosis) – Panic – Problems with coordination – Sexual problems (especially in men) – Seven times higher probability of having sexually transmitted diseases (especially in women)
– Addiction – Relationship problems, violence against partners – Antisocial behavior, including stealing money or lying – Financial difficulties – Increased welfare dependence – Poor school performance, higher chance of dropping out – Impaired thinking, ability to learn and to perform complex tasks – Lower life satisfaction
NCADD claims that fostering the right attitude is necessary. Valuing your child’s opinions and decisions makes a difference in preventing the use of drugs and alcohol.
Here are some guidelines to help you foster your relationship.
Listen Before You Talk
Ask Open-Ended Questions
As Parents, must be open and consider their feelings. And so, we have to listen. Listen and observe.
Meet your children’s friends and their parents. Reach out to see how they are spending their time together.
When talking to your children, avoid “yes/no” questions. Make sure to listen to understand. You have to make them feel heard.
Be Honest, Open, and Optimist
Open communication between you and your children can reduce alcohol and drug abuse.
Talk About Your Family History
Clearly say that you do not want them to consume alcohol or drugs. Explain to them the consequences and punishments if they break the rules. At the same time, reward your child if they do well in school.
Set Expectations, Consequences, and Limits
Addiction might be connected to genetics. If there is a family history of drug or alcohol abuse, consider that it might be a chronic disease, like heart issues, cancer, or diabetes.