Why Do Teens/Young Men Turn to Drugs or Alcohol

Should a parent notice a heightened attitude of aggressive or violent behavior, a possible addiction to methamphetamine, or meth, may need to be explored.
While there is no single reason for teens or young men to turn to drugs or alcohol, understanding many of the underlying contributing factors may be helpful to parents when they are trying to recognize any signs of substance use.

Once the symptoms are noted, parents can make an educated decision on whether professional assistance may be necessary to abate a young person’s destructive alcohol or drug abuse.

Many teens or young men may explore the use of alcohol or drugs due to pressure from peers. Teens are bombarded with the use of drugs and alcohol in the media and oftentimes receive the misguided message that their use is okay, acceptable and free from dangers. With the addition of their peers’ use and encouragement; this may be just enough pressure to cause their decision to experiment, as well. Minimal experimentation is one thing; consistent use is another. Recognizing when your teen or young man has a disturbing drug or alcohol problem is important for a successful resolution.

When parents recognize that their teen or young man is consistently exhibiting signs of isolation, loss of interest in school, boredom with normal activities, aggression or anger, there may be underlying factors of addiction contributing to these symptoms. Depending on what substance the teen is using, they may seem to go from wonderfully happy, energized and confident to a state of desolation and depression. Seeking the substance that will consistently provide the “up” feelings they seek may be their catapult into a drug or alcohol dependence.

Oftentimes, when a teen or young man goes through a period of rebelliousness, resorting to drugs or alcohol becomes a means of acting out their rebellious feelings.  Should a parent notice a heightened attitude of aggressive or violent behavior, a possible addiction to methamphetamine, or meth, may need to be explored. Based on the rebellious teen’s personality, he may choose alcohol, which may be more readily available. Use of marijuana, while reducing aggression, may cause a state of over-complacency and avoidance in your teen. Drugs or alcohol work quickly and offer a feeling of instant gratification to the teens or young men. While it may provide feelings of short-term happiness; a chemical dependency may soon develop which can cause far-reaching personality problems.

12-Step Programs are filled with participants who started on their road to drug or alcohol dependence because they were shy teenagers who lacked the social skills necessary to integrate with their peers. However, once they found drugs or alcohol, they discovered a crutch that allowed them to move beyond their basic shy natures, as well as a means to loosen up their inhibitions and social anxieties. It provided the sense of having something in common with those around them that had been missing. Consistent use and dependence on this crutch then lead to a world of abuse and addiction.

If you fear that your son may be exhibiting behaviors that indicate a disturbing dependence on drugs or alcohol, seeking professional help may be your next step. While teens or young men dealing with the effects of substance abuse can be suffering from associated emotional and/or social problems; this same addiction often adversely impacts members of their family, as well. Customized treatment solutions are available for restoring the health and emotional balance of your teen/young man and family.

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