Despite numerous attempts by governments and law enforcements to curb the trafficking of illegal substances and regulating prescription drugs, teen drug abuse remains a serious problem even now in the 21st century. It is a problem that just refuses to go away.
Teenage drug abuse has been one of the major issues that has gone largely unsolved during the past several decades. It seems to have become a prickly thorn in modern society, one that is exceptionally difficult to remove. We shall take a look at the causes of teen drug abuse and the various complications that arise from them. You will come to understand the powerful influence these causes have on the development of drug abuse in teenagers.
Causes of Prescription Drug Abuse among Teens
In recent years, there has been an increasing incidence of prescription drug abuse among teenagers. The term “prescription drugs” refer to medications that are usually prescribed by doctors. However, abuse of these drugs occur when the teenager does not take them in accordance with the doctor’s instructions. For one, they take higher doses of the drug to relieve pain. Others continue to take the drug even if their illness or injury has been cured. This is especially common among teenage athletes who have suffered an injury while playing a sport and, ultimately, become addicted to the drugs that they were taking. Prescription drugs that are commonly abused include pain killers, stimulant drugs, and drugs used in the treatment of sleep and anxiety disorders. It is disturbing to note that many teens believe that prescription drugs are safer to use in comparison with illegal drugs like heroin or Ecstacy.
Lack or Total Absence of Open Communication
One of the main causes of teen drug abuse is the lack or total absence of open communication between teenagers and their parents. Interviews with teen addicts have revealed that they don’t believe that their parents would care if they abused drugs. This emphasizes just how important it is for parents to establish open communication lines with their children at a young age as well as openly discuss the problems that could result from drug abuse. Many teens actually avoid becoming addicted because their parents have sat down with them and discussed the many side effects and complications that will arise from abusing drugs.
Lack or Total Absence of Parental Supervision
While open communication is vital in curbing drug abuse among teenagers, even more important is maintaining parental supervision. All parents should remember that their teens are not yet adults. They are still in that transition period wherein the desire for true independence makes them vulnerable to making wrong choices and decisions, drug abuse being among them. It is very parents to continue being involved in their teen’s life and by showing a genuine interest in all their activities. Do not be to free with your teenagers so that they end up doing whatever it is that they want, and that includes doing drugs. It is also not advisable to be too strict with them as your teen might think that you are interfering in their lives. Instead, strike a balance between freedom and strictness. By being responsible and always in control, you are not only sure to earn your teenager’s respect, he or she will be grateful to you that you have prevented them from becoming drug abusers.
From childhood to adolescence, it is the parents who serve as the role models for the child. So, if you love to throw parties where you drink and serve alcohol, you give a clear message to your kids that alcohol drinking is okay. The same is also true for smoking. If your kids see you indulging in unhealthy habits, they become particularly susceptible to developing bad habits, including drug abuse, as well. It is also important to mention that a lot of parents are unaware that they are giving their teens free access to cigarettes, alcohol and prescription drugs whenever they are not at home. This lack of vigilance enables teens to experiment with such vices.
The Role of Stress
Stress is one of the main driving factors of teen drug abuse. In order to cope with and find relief from their stresses arising from peer pressure, family problems, school and study difficulties, and broken relationships, these teens turn to drugs, only to become addicted to them with prolonged use.