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  1. From Our Founders
  2. Teenage Drug Abuse and Addiction
  3. Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs
  4. Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Teenagers

Some of the warning signs listed above can also be signs of other problems. Parents may recognize signs of trouble and possible use of alcohol and other drugs with their teenager. If you have concerns you may want to consult a physician to rule out physical causes of the warning signs.

This should often be followed or accompanied by a comprehensive evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or mental health professional. Your support will help us continue to produce and distribute Facts for Families , as well as other vital mental health information, free of charge. You may also mail in your contribution. Box , Washington, DC The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry AACAP represents over 9, child and adolescent psychiatrists who are physicians with at least five years of additional training beyond medical school in general adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Hard copies of Facts sheets may be reproduced for personal or educational use without written permission, but cannot be included in material presented for sale or profit. Facts sheets may not be reproduced, duplicated or posted on any other website without written consent from AACAP. Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs. Furthermore, drugs provide a common ground for these types of teenagers who have trouble keeping themselves occupied, allowing them to instantly bond with other like-minded teenagers.

Another factor leading to teenage drug abuse that can be tied in with having too much free time is having too much spending money.

From Our Founders

This data fights the common misconception that substance-abusing teenagers are likely to be poor and living in highly urban neighborhoods — in fact, the mainstream suburban teenager with money to spend is more likely to get involved with drugs. The fear that life away from alcohol and drugs will be boring leads to teenagers abusing drugs and alcohol regularly, resulting in a dependency on these substances. Ironically, many addicts have said that the life of an addict itself is incredibly boring and predictable. Avoiding boredom does require a significant amount of effort, but it can be incredibly beneficial to a teenager.

Some methods that can be used to avoid boredom are picking up a hobby, planning ahead, breaking away from routine, experiencing a change in scenery, and meditation. Finally, one of the most avoidable causes of teenage drug abuse is inaccurate information about drugs and alcohol. Teenagers often overlook the harmful consequences of drug use — they assume the risks are minimal and instead focus on the short-term benefits they provide.

Teenage Drug Abuse and Addiction

They may not be aware that their children are abusing drugs, or they may be in denial. It is critical that parents educate their teenagers and also themselves about drug use so they get the real facts about how dangerous it really is. There are many resources available online so that parents can learn how to structure these types of talks with their teenagers.

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Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs

Parents may recognize signs of trouble and possible use of alcohol and other drugs with their teenager. If you have concerns you may want to consult a physician to rule out physical causes of the warning signs. This should often be followed or accompanied by a comprehensive evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or mental health professional. Your support will help us continue to produce and distribute Facts for Families , as well as other vital mental health information, free of charge. You may also mail in your contribution. Box , Washington, DC The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry AACAP represents over 9, child and adolescent psychiatrists who are physicians with at least five years of additional training beyond medical school in general adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Teenagers

Hard copies of Facts sheets may be reproduced for personal or educational use without written permission, but cannot be included in material presented for sale or profit. Facts sheets may not be reproduced, duplicated or posted on any other website without written consent from AACAP. Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs.

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