When and how does drug abuse start and progress?

Studies such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, indicate that some children are already abusing drugs at age 12 or 13, which likely means that some begin even earlier. Early abuse often includes such substances as tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, and prescription drugs such as sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medicines. At Eden Recovery Centre, we have experienced first hand that if abuse persists into later adolescence, abusers typically become more heavily involved with marijuana and then advance to other drugs, while continuing their abuse of tobacco.

So what starts an addiction you ask? AT Eden Recovery Centre we explain to parents that an addiction can start for a variety of reasons. A very common factor is that of peer pressure: young people don’t like to be different from their friends and want to be part of the group.

If that group enjoys drinking or taking drugs then it can very difficult to resist especially if not doing so means that they are excluded from the group.

Experimentation is another reason. Many young people like to dabble in new and sometimes risky activities and drugs/alcohol/smoking are part of that. It is often done out of a sense of curiosity but it is easy to become hooked. Sometimes, teenagers try illicit substances as an act of rebellion or to defy their parents or teachers. They see it as part of being an adult or growing up. Others are attracted by the fact that the more dangerous or illegal a substance is the more desirable it becomes.

Some young people choose to take drugs or drink as a means of escaping a chaotic home life or a deprived background. Teenagers tend to be impulsive and take risks so illegal substances are no different in this aspect.

Children of parents who were or are addicted to drugs are 45 to 79 percent more likely to succumb to drug addiction themselves” Spokesperson of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

If you feel your kids may be falling to the grips of drug addiction, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre for advice and treatment plans. You can depend on full discretion. Or follow us on Facebook / Edenrehabcentre.

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