Unfortunately, you can never be too young to be addicted to drugs. Millions of parents have struggled as they watch their teen children descend into the world of substance abuse. However, parents can help their teens avoid drug addiction by identifying and addressing the underlying issues. Here are just a few of the factors that commonly lead to teen drug addiction:
- Bullying: Every day, millions of teens are verbally and physically abused by other teens. Constant insults and physical violence can be detrimental to a teen’s self-esteem and lead to depression. Once a teen starts feeling depressed, he may turn to drugs as a means of escape.
- Peer Pressure: Bullying is perhaps most dangerous when it comes from a teen’s closest friends. If your teen feels as though he needs to take drugs or else be excluded from certain groups and events, he won’t always make the right choice. Trying a drug once in order to please a group of friends can easily lead to long-term addiction.
- Troubled Home Life: Even if you and your partner are constantly supportive of your children, domestic stressors like financial troubles, health problems, job loss, and divorce can profoundly impact every family member. Perhaps the best thing you can do is sit down with your child and discuss anything that may be bothering him, not just once, but whenever it is necessary.
- Predisposition to Addiction: In recent years, scientists have discovered several genes that suggest a genetic predisposition to addiction. If you or anyone else in your family has struggled with addiction, your teen could have inherited the same genetic makeup. However, just because your teen has a predisposition to addiction doesn’t mean he will inevitably suffer an addiction.
If your teenager is currently struggling with addiction, contact Sundown M Ranch today. Our youth treatment program helps teenagers face their addictions and overcome them through therapy, education, and family support. If you’d like to learn more about our youth treatment program, call us today at (509) 654-9033.