Teen Substance Abuse Essay

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Substance Abuse in Teens Over 60 percent of teens report that drugs of some kind are kept, sold, and used at their high school. In a teen’s eye, high school is all about fitting in or being the popular one. Because of this, students succumb to peer pressure in the form of alcohol and drugs abuse. As more and more teens jump into the first years of high school, they are exposed to more social hazards. Almost 50 percent of high school seniors have abused a drug of some kind. The use of drugs and alcohol results in academic decline, physical disabilities, causes many strains between family and peers, and leads to delinquency. Prolonged drug use can further lead to serious legal problems. An addict is someone who has no control …show more content…
Drastic changes in behaviors with close friends or family members is a common sign for drug abuse and is often mistaken for teen moodiness (Addiction). The sudden request for money with no explanation or reasoning, or money turning up missing or stolen is a big sign of teen abuse (Addiction). Some physical sign of abuse are nausea and vomiting, body aches, headaches and sweating. Weight loss or gain is a common symptom of drug abuse as well (Physical). If a friend or family member begins to experience any of these symptoms it is important not to jump to conclusions about a drug addiction. It is important to talk with them about the situation …show more content…
In most cases the addict will react in a negative way and become defensive when the problem is brought into conversation (Physical). The addict will become defensive because the addict is in denial that they have a problem with the substance (Physical). Over time the addiction problem will become more prominent and obvious, this will happen until the addict themselves can not deny a problem is present (Physical). It is important to show your support when the addict begins open up or reveal their addiction. Let them know that they have help and people care about their health and wellbeing (Talk). While talking to the addict it is important to avoid letting anger and frustration into the conversation. When talking to the addict use open ended questions like Can you tell me more? How did this situation make you feel? If this happens again what will you do? Can I help in any way with this? Questions like these will make it easier and more inviting for the addict to discuss the drug use (Talk). Just one heartfelt conversation with an addict can change their views on the situation in a positive way and prevent a lifelong struggle with addiction and legal

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